To be attributed to Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Henry Barlow:

“This morning Wyndham City was pleased to receive news that the State Government has listened to the concerns of Council and the community and decided to move its new Youth Justice Centre from Werribee South to Cherry Creek.”

“Ultimately, it is the State Government’s decision as to where the Youth Justice Centre should be located – and the Government has selected Wyndham.”

“We have worked extremely hard and dedicated considerable resources to make sure the State Government understood the inappropriateness of the Werribee South site. We have worked closely alongside our dedicated community to achieve the best possible outcome for Wyndham.”

“Our role has been to work with the State Government to minimise the impact of a Youth Justice Centre being built in our City and ensure the community’s voice was heard, and we are pleased that the State Government has taken our feedback on board.”

“We wanted a site that was further away from any residential areas and the tourism precinct, and was not visible from the freeway. This new site ticks those boxes.”

We are pleased with this result – with the government listening and working with us, we now have a much better location that respects the concerns of the Wyndham community, while acknowledging the economic benefit of the construction and ongoing jobs associated with the facility.

“One of our priorities now is to work with the State Government to ensure the design of the Youth Justice Centre is appropriate. This will include substantial tree planting and the creation of a conservation reserve to screen the building from surrounding areas. We also welcome the establishment of a Community Reference Group to be involved in the planning of the new facility.”

“It is important to acknowledge the tenacious Wyndham community in highlighting their concerns to the State Government and we thank the Local Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, and Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, for acknowledging that the Werribee South location was not the right decision.”

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