The Victorian Government is building a new youth justice centre to the west of Werribee, in the vicinity of Cherry Creek.
Providing a new youth justice facility is an essential part of the Government’s commitment to improving community safety and modernising Victoria’s youth justice system.
The new youth justice centre will play a key role in the rehabilitation of young people and children who are offending and improve community safety.
The new youth justice centre will include beds for remand and sentenced young offenders, a mental health unit and an intensive intervention unit.
The new youth justice centre will bring about more than 400 ongoing jobs.
The Wathaurong people are the custodians of the land where the Cherry Creek site is located.
Youth Justice Facility Plan now available
The community-driven plan for the new youth justice centre at Cherry Creek is now available.
The Youth Justice Centre Facility Plan addresses key local issues in the building of the new sate-of-the-art facility, including how any environmental and visual impacts, security on the site will be managed.
The plan was developed in consultation with the Community Advisory Group, which is made up of local residents, representatives from the local Aboriginal community, Wyndham City Council, Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Regulation.
The group provided input on issues of community interest, including key community concerns discussed at Community Advisory Group meetings and raised at community information sessions.
Drone footage of the site location
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the new youth justice centre be called?
The working name for the new facility is Cherry Creek. One of the tasks for the Community Advisory Group will be to provide recommendations to the Minister on a name for the facility.
The City of Wyndham is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and it is important to ensure there is economic and employment opportunity in the region.
Property prices in Parkville remain unaffected by the youth justice centre there and homebuyers will continue to be attracted by all that Werribee has to offer, particularly with this boost for jobs in the area.
Will people who have children or relatives in the centre move to the area?
The centre is located in good proximity of transport to make it easy for people to visit the facility.
The Department is committed to working with, and listening to, the local community in the planning and development of the new Youth Justice Centre.
A Community Advisory Group, featuring representatives from the City of Wyndham Council as well as members of the local community, was established in June 2017 to ensure local input throughout the planning and development stages.
The advisory group will ensure the community is informed and engaged throughout the process.
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.
Disruptions to the community
As construction will be contained to the site location, it is unlikely to cause any distribution to local communities.
The majority of construction will be during the day. The use of lights for any night construction or site security will be moderate.
The site is indicative of other construction sites in the west of Victoria. It is mostly covered with native grassland of varying quality and is likely to contain a number of other species of plants and animals, including the Golden Sun Moth, Spiny Rice-flower and the striped legless lizard. The presence or otherwise of these species has been checked by undertaking field surveys as part of the environmental evaluations across the site.
Targeted surveys for a variety of Matters of National Environmental Significance were carried and identified to items including;
- Golden Sun Moth, and
- Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain community (NTGVVP).
A field survey was conducted by environmental consultants and they found no spiny rice-flower on the site.
Golden sun moth
Golden Sun Moth was identified on the site.
A field survey was conducted over the 2017-18 summer period to determine if the Golden Sun Moth is present on the site.
This involved systematically searching the site for flying males and the more sedentary females during the local flight season, which occurred from late October to early January.
Striped Legless lizard
No Striped Legless Lizards were identified on the site following the completion of targeted surveys.
Field surveys for Striped Legless Lizards concluded that it was highly unlikely the specie is present in the area.
As part of the nine targeted surveys, roof tiles were placed at the site over a couple of months to detect whether any Striped Legless Lizards would colonise at site.
There are no previous records of Orange-bellied Parrots on the site, which reflects the lack of coastal saltmarsh vegetation that is typically utilised by this species when over-wintering in Victoria.
Is the centre located on wetlands protected by the Ramsar Convention?
The land on which the new Youth Justice Centre is being built does not contain any ecological values typically associated with a Ramsar site such as wetlands, shorelines or important habitat for migratory species.
There is an ephemeral or seasonal wetland to the south of where the centre is being built, known as Paul and Belfrages Swamp. These are not within the portion of land being purchased from Melbourne Water for the new centre, and will not be impacted by the project. Melbourne Water will continue to manage and protect this area.
The project is required to obtain State and Federal environmental approvals prior to construction.
A Youth Justice Facility Plan (YJFP) is being developed and will cover a wide range of issues affecting the design and construction of the new centre including traffic management. This will include an assessment of existing traffic usage and projected usage to determine an intersection on Little River Road in consultation with VicRoads.
The plan will include details about how the design of the facility addresses matters such as traffic management, car parking, noise impact, visual impact, landscaping, flora and fauna and environmental issues, and any other issues that may affect the surrounding community.
A new road will be constructed to provide access to the centre from Little River Road. This will provide access for all staff, clients and visitors.
Options are being explored for transport methods to and from the Werribee Train Station to the new Youth Justice Centre. This will be explored in the Youth Justice Facility Plan as a part of traffic management.
Images of new Youth Justice Centre
Community Advisory Group
The Department of Justice and Regulation established a Community Advisory Group in June 2017 to help guide development of the new youth justice centre and ensure the local community is informed and engaged as the project progresses.
The Community Advisory group use their local connections to share information about the project with the Wyndham community and provide feedback from community members to the Youth Justice Redevelopment Project team and the government.
Four community representatives have been appointed to the group following a competitive expression of interest process, as well as three Wyndham City Councillors and one council officer.
The local Aboriginal community, Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Regulation are also represented on the Community Advisory Group.