Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP today opened the new Visitor Processing Centre at Tamworth Correctional Centre.


 Mr Anderson said, “This is a marvellous building and everyone involved should be very proud.


“Visiting a loved one in custody can be daunting and overwhelming, but this facility will make that experience less stressful especially for first time visitors.


“The new facility, located next to the main complex, has wheelchair access and features a walk through metal detector, lockers, a search room, a main reception area and waiting area.


“It was built over four months by six inmates under the supervision of an Overseer at Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW).


“Two of the inmates worked previously on the awarding-winning Gundi housing project at St Heliers Correctional Centre,” Mr Anderson said.


Manager of Security, Michael Page said that the inmates used the carpentry skills gained from building homes for remote Aboriginal communities.


“This has been a good opportunity for them to showcase their skills, which will assist them on their release from custody,” Mr Page Said.


Visits are held twice a day every Saturday and Sunday. Visitor numbers to the prison are expected to double once the weather gets warmer.


Mr Anderson said, “During the opening, I also had the pleasure of presenting Commendations and Service Medals to CSNSW employees, and I would like to thank the staff for their dedication to facility here in Tamworth,” Mr Anderson concluded.


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