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Ararat secure facility on track
This facility will house serious offenders who the courts deem unsuitable to be released into the broader community after they complete their prison sentence.
The construction phase is creating around 100 jobs, while the facility will employ a further 50 people in clinical, administrative and security roles when it opens next year.
To reduce the risk of reoffending, a range of programs and services will be provided including offending behaviour programs and mental health, drug and alcohol services.
Ongoing consultation is continuing through the Community Advisory Group, which has been established to ensure Ararat residents and businesses are kept updated on the project and have an opportunity to provide feedback.
Community forums were also held in July and August at Alexandra Oval.
The facility has been funded in response to last year’s landmark Harper Review about serious sex offenders.
A new secure post-sentence detention unit will also be built at Barwon Prison, providing 10 beds for the state’s most serious violent offenders.