Perimeter lighting will be switched on at Cessnock Correctional Centre's new 400-bed maximum security section on Monday, August 14.
The lighting has been designed to minimise light spill outside the prison by directing light downwards and fitting floodlights with hoods to reduce glare.
Advanced electronic security perimeter detection will be provided to reduce reliance on high luminosity perimeter lighting for visual detection, and vegetated earth berms will reduce the visual impact.
Corrective Services NSW Governor Richard Heycock said the lighting will be tested to ensure compliance with CSNSW facility standards to aid in visual and electronic surveillance of the facility.
“Local residents may notice light in an area not previously illuminated at the complex, however they can rest assured that all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure that light spill outside the prison is minimal,” Mr Heycock said.
“The lighting will be switched on daily from dusk to dawn during commissioning and when the new centre is operational.
“We are committed to keeping the community informed on the progress of construction works, as well as any operational and recruitment matters related to the expansion.”
Additional trees will be planted for screening purposes and to further minimise light spill once construction has been completed.
The 400-bed rapid-build prison at Cessnock is expected to open early next year.
The correctional centre’s expansion also includes a 320-bed maximum security facility and a building to house 280 minimum-security prisoners.