Work hours completed during project


Local content used during construction


Work hours allocated to apprentices, trainees & cadets

Community Advisory Group

A Community Advisory Group including local residents, stakeholders and councillors from the City of Greater Geelong helped guide the development of the new prison and keep the local community informed as the project progressed.


The new maximum security prison is located in the Barwon South West Region near Geelong, in the vicinity of the existing prison precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

Sustainability reporting

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is using the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s infrastructure sustainability rating scheme for Western Plains Correctional Centre. The project was known as the Chisholm Road Prison Project. 

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia defines Infrastructure Sustainability as infrastructure that is designed, constructed and operated to optimise environmental, social and economic outcomes of the long term.

The Council’s infrastructure sustainability rating scheme was used to evaluate sustainability across the design and construction of the project.

In February 2019, the Community Advisory Group provided input into the ratings through a workshop which has informed the below targets: 

View sustainability targets.

Significant progress was made towards meeting or exceeding sustainability targets for the project in 2020-21, including: 

  • A 15% reduction in grid energy consumption for the project compared to standard practice
  • A 49% reduction in water consumption compared to standard practice
  • A 92% local content requirement for materials and labour.

Additional sustainability goals for the project included actions to protect and enhance local biodiversity and minimise the impact of artificial lighting and noise near the project site.

For more information on sustainability targets see below:

Sustainability target update.