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St Heliers

St Heliers Correctional Centre is a minimum security institution for males situated on the outskirts of Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, 128km north-west of Newcastle and 242km north of Sydney. 

Address

Sandy Creek Road, Muswellbrook NSW 2333
PO Box 597, Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Phone: (02) 6542 4300
Fax: (02) 6542 4359

How to Get There

Public Transport

The nearest railway station is Muswellbrook. It is located in Market Street approximately 6km from the Complex. Visit NSW TrainLink for timetables or call (02) 6543 2045 for further details.

There is no public bus service currently available to the Complex. Visitors are required to arrange their own transport to the Complex. A one way taxi fare to the Complex costs approximately $14 on a Saturday and up to $17 on a Sunday / Public Holiday.

CRC (Community Restorative Centre) runs a low cost bus service one Sunday a month to St Heliers Correctional Centre. For more information phone CRC on (02) 9288 8700 or visit www.crcnsw.org.au.

Private Transport

St Heliers Correctional Complex is located approximately 6km from the Muswellbrook CBD. Travel north through Muswellbrook along the New England Highway, turn right into Sandy Creek Road and continue for approximately 2km. Take the first turn to the left. Follow the signs to the Complex. There is limited parking available at the Complex.

Visitor Information

Bookings:

Not required. Before travelling for a visit, please call the correctional centre to confirm visiting times.

Visit times:

Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 2.15pm.

Most Public Holidays falling on Monday or Friday only: 9am to 2.15pm.

Visitor Centre will open at 9am to process visitors in to the Centre. All visitors must be vacated from of the Centre prior to 2:15pm

Conditions:

  • All visitors must be registered.
  • If a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday there will be no visits.
  • NO Smoking on visits.
  • Visitors will be required to supply proof of identification, including photo ID.
  • Up to 4 persons, excluding children under 10 years, will normally be allowed for each visit.
  • No food or drinks are allowed to be brought into the institution. However, selected food and drinks etc. can be purchased from the Visits Canteen situated in the Visits area. Please remember to bring change as none is available (maximum $30 per adult – coins only).
  • You may leave new underwear and socks for the inmate that you are visiting.
  • Any money for an inmate can be sent in as a money order and sent in by mail.

Legal Visits

Monday to Fridays: 830am-3pm. Prior notification by phone or letter required.

Industries

Five Business Units employ a total of 170 inmates who undertake training programs in beef production, vegetable farming, welding, spray painting, furniture refurbishment, vegetable preparation, farm, laundry. Six service industries, including catering, ground maintenance, building maintenance, and domestic work, employ 86 inmates.

Education

Accredited courses, with nationally recognised qualifications, are made available to inmates at each correctional centre.

The Adult Education and Vocational Training Institute (AEVTI) provides literacy, numeracy and communications courses in all centres. Many centres also offer vocational courses such as Information Technology, Horticulture, Construction, Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft.

AEVTI contracts TAFE NSW and other providers to deliver courses in a range of vocational areas such as Hospitality, Business Skills, Building, Cleaning, Transport, Aboriginal Studies, Horticulture and various WorkCover licenses.

AEVTI also co-ordinates traineeships and offers support for distance education.

Each centre has a library giving inmates access to a range of fiction, non-fiction and reference books. Inmates can also login to a secure internal network called the Inmate Legal Portal which gives them access to material of a legal nature.

For more information regarding these programs visit the AEVTI WebPage.

Special Programs

The Complex runs a Mobile Outreach Program and community projects to re-integrate inmates into society.

Community Involvement

Development and maintenance of community recreational, sporting and tourist areas; ground maintenance of Memorial Drive and local cemeteries; building and maintenance of the Riding for the Disabled Centre; restoration of community halls; assisting local bushfire brigade services; restoration of disaster-affected areas; local, regional and State community promotions and charity activities.

History

The Correctional Complex property of 480 hectares is part of the original "St Heliers" property, which was settled by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Dumaresq and named after a town on the Isle of Jersey.

The property passed hands several times before being bought by the State Government in 1945. It was used as a child welfare institution until its closure in 1986.

The property was purchased by Corrective Services from the Department of Youth and Community Services in 1988. After major refurbishment it opened as a Correctional Centre in September 1989.

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