The new prison will accommodate 1248 prisoners and will play a key role in planning for increases in the prison population.
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The Victorian Government is building a new maximum security prison at Chisholm Road, Lara. It is next to the existing prison precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.
The Chisholm Road Prison Project is a part of the government's commitment to improve community safety, and ensure the prison system is safe, secure and well-equipped to meet demand.
The Victorian Government is committed to keeping the community informed about the construction of this new prison.
Check this page for information and updates as the project progresses.
A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is helping to guide the development of the new prison and keep the local community informed and engaged as the project progresses.
The group was established by the Department of Justice and Community Safety in October 2018. It includes local residents, stakeholder representatives and councillors from the City of Greater Geelong.
The new prison will accommodate 1248 prisoners and will play a key role in planning for increases in the prison population.
The new prison will create more than 650 ongoing jobs in the area and will generate an estimated economic benefit of $279 million to the Greater Geelong Region during construction.
The new prison will have multiple security features to ensure the safety of staff, prisoners, visitors and the wider community.
The Victorian Government is taking steps to reduce the impact on local traffic during the construction of the new prison and when the prison is operational in 2022.
The site is within the lands of the Wadawurrung people, with a long history of use. A cultural heritage assessment of the site has commenced to ensure that its Aboriginal cultural values are understood and to identify any particular features that need to be protected.
A range of studies are being undertaken to understand the important values of the site and to identify and minimise any impacts on the environment.
The site is located on Chisholm Road and is adjacent to the existing prison precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.
The location of the new prison was chosen for:
The land is generally flat and consists of open paddocks that contain patches of native grassland and some scattered trees.
The below images are artist impressions of the new facility and are subject to change.
What will the new maximum security prison be called?
The working name for the build of the new prison is the Chisholm Road Prison Project.
The Community Advisory Group will provide recommendations for the name of the facility for the Minister's consideration.
What opportunity will the community have to provide their input?
A Community Advisory Group, featuring representatives of the local community, has been established to ensure local input throughout the planning and development stages.
The role of the group is to use their local connections to share information about the project with the community and provide feedback from community members to the project team and the government.
The Community Advisory Group will inform details about how the design of the facility addresses matters such as traffic management, car parking, lighting, noise impact, visual impact, landscaping, flora and fauna and environmental issues.
What job opportunities will be available?
The new maximum security prison will create hundreds of ongoing local jobs and thousands of direct and indirect construction and related jobs.
Construction of Victoria’s new maximum security prison will support hundreds of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors.
The new correctional facility will provide opportunities for a range of businesses in the area that can supply goods and services to the centre, to construction teams and – later – to staff and visitors.
The new correctional facility will bring about hundreds of ongoing jobs to the area, with a range of roles available, including:
Find out more about jobs in corrections at https://www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/
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