The Victorian Government is building a new maximum security prison in the vicinity of the existing prison precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

Providing a new maximum-security facility is an essential part of the government’s commitment to improving community safety.

The Chisholm Road Prison Project is a part of ongoing planning to 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 planning and construction this new prison.

This site will be the central hub for information and updates as the project progresses.

Corrections in Victoria

Community Advisory Group

The Department of Justice and Community Safety established a Community Advisory Group (CAG) in October 2018 to help guide the development of the new prison and ensure the local community is informed and engaged as the project progresses.

Following an open call for expressions of interest from Lara and Wyndham community members in July 2018, seven local representatives were appointed to the Community Advisory Group, as well as two Geelong City Councillors.

The CAG will have input into areas of community interest on the building of the new maximum security prison of at 1248 beds in Lara, in the vicinity of the existing prison precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

The group will provide a forum for information sharing as the project progresses.

Find out more about Community Advisory Group members.

Site location

Site location

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:

  • its proximity to the existing prison precinct and local courts
  • the broader area’s significant population growth – the South Western corridor is diverse and very capable of providing for a workforce to build and service the new prison.

The land is generally flat and consists of open paddocks that contain patches of native grassland and some scattered trees.

Site and facility fly-through

Artist impressions

The below images are artist impressions of the new facility and are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Click here for more information about the Community Advisory Group.

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:

  • Prison officers
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Administration
  • Maintenance staff
  • Allied health professionals.

Find out more about jobs in corrections at https://www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/

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