The former Southern Highlands jail will be reimagined as a boutique hotel
A former Southern Highlands prison is about to be transformed into a unique hotel and entertainment district.
Planning Minister and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said the sale of the former Berrima Correctional Center for $7 million was a stellar result.
“I am delighted to announce that Blue Sox Group is the successful developer and will redevelop the site, carefully considering its heritage significance to the local community,” Mr Roberts said.
“The proposal includes a boutique hotel while retaining the estate’s beautiful grounds, and will include a cafe, restaurant, bar, community and event spaces, as well as spaces that will cater to small business opportunities such as antique shops and bookstores, personal services, art galleries, library and museum.”
Corrections Minister Geoff Lee said it was crucial that the winning proposal took into account the historical and cultural significance of the site.
“The Berrima Correctional Center opened in 1839 and had many uses including being a German POW camp during World War I, a training center and a minimum security men’s prison which was later converted to house also women,” Lee said.
“The NSW Government retired the Correctional Center in 2020 and I’m delighted to see how the site will be transformed.”
Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman said Property and Development NSW (PDNSW) had carried out a rigorous expression of interest (EOI) process.
“I am confident that the EOI criteria have been structured to ensure that the successful developer has presented a strong proposal that has delivered a wide range of social, economic and cultural benefits for Berrima and the Southern Highlands and that the community will embrace the developer’s vision for this important property,” said Ms. Tuckerman.
The Blue Sox Group will also work with the community, local Aboriginal groups and the local Aboriginal Land Council on collaborative ideas to preserve and celebrate the site’s wider heritage.
The state heritage listed buildings on the site have the highest protections in place and will be preserved and protected.