Video of the site location
The 67 hectare site was owned by Melbourne Water as part of its broader Western Treatment Plant landholdings. Melbourne Water did not require it for operational purposes, and agreed to sell the land to the Department of Justice and Regulation.
The Melbourne Water land north of the Princes Freeway, including this site, has been used intermittently for grazing and cropping for many years. This is consistent with much of the nearby land use, and reflects a long history of agricultural activity in the area.
Other nearby land uses include the Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility and Holcim Quarry to the north east, a broiler farm to the north, farmland to the west and the Western Treatment Plant to the south. The site is also bounded by the Melbourne-Geelong railway to the north and the Princes Freeway to the south.
The land is situated within the City of Wyndham municipality, just outside of the Urban Growth Boundary. The nearest township is Little River, approximately five kilometres to the west. Werribee is located approximately ten kilometres to the north east.
The Outer Metropolitan Ring Road is proposed to be constructed just to the east of the site, and a Public Acquisition Overlay is in place to enable land to the acquired along a designated corridor for this purpose.
Why was the Cherry Creek site chosen?
In response to feedback from the Wyndham community, the government committed to examining alternative locations for the new youth justice centre within Wyndham.
The government listened to the Wyndham community’s concerns about the original preferred location for the new youth justice centre and delivered on a commitment to examine alternative sites within Wyndham.
The Cherry Creek site was identified and assessed as suitable based on the same detailed business case criteria applied to the assessment of the initial Hoppers Lane South site.
What criteria were considered?
The Cherry Creek site was assessed against the same criteria that were used to assess the locations considered as part of the business case process. This includes the size and shape of the land, its proximity to the CBD including court facilities, its accessibility for staff and families, its distance from residential areas and the ability to purchase the land promptly and get started on construction.