A Shoalhaven cult leader's bid to return to his personal "holy land" on the South Coast has been blocked by Corrective Services, after the Supreme Court granted him permission last week.
The Order of St Charbel cult leader and child sex offender William Costellia-Kamm was released to parole in 2014 after being convicted of sexual and indecent assaults committed against two children in his cult in the 1990s.
He was placed on supervision orders that included the condition he not return to his commune in Cambewarra.
Costellia-Kamm appealed that condition, and last week Supreme Court Justice Stephen Campbell said the risk of Costellia-Kamm reoffending could be "adequately managed" with electronic monitoring and other restrictions.
The Supreme Court judgment said the offender would require Corrective Services NSW's approval to reside at Cambewarra.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson from Corrective Services NSW said that approval would not be forthcoming.
"Corrective Services NSW has given no approval for the offender to reside at Cambewarra and has no current plans to do so," the spokesperson said.
"The offender will be subject to an intense level of supervision, including around-the clock electronic monitoring as well as 48 other strict conditions around his housing, movements, finances, associations, electronic communications and personal appearance.
"The offender will be supervised by highly trained Community Corrections officers in the Extended Supervision Order team, which works with NSW Police.
"The supervision team has also been granted extensive search and seizure powers by the Supreme Court, which allows them at any time, and without warning, to search the offender, his accommodation, vehicle and any electronic devices."
Any breach of an Extended Supervision Order is a criminal offence and can result in additional charges and up to five years' imprisonment.
A petition opposing Costellia-Kamm's return appeared online four days after the Supreme Court decision and amassed more than 700 signatures.
Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips told ACM she had written to the Attorney-General, the Premier and the corrections minister, opposing Costellia-Kamm's return.
Member for the South Coast Shelley Hancock also publicly opposed Costellia-Kamm's return.
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