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Karreenga annexe opening

Front entrance of Karreenga

The 216-bed Karreenga annexe at Marngoneet Correctional Centre has been officially opened – improving community safety, creating more than 150 new jobs and accommodating medium security male prisoners.

Karreenga will have a strong focus on rehabilitating prisoners and improving their employment prospects once they complete their sentences.

Box Hill Institute will deliver a range of education programs, while prisoners will also have access to clinical services such as drug and alcohol treatment and offending behaviour programs.

Prisoners will be required to work in a range of jobs, including in an on-site bakery, grounds maintenance and cleaning. The bakery will supply bread, pastries, pies and other foodstuffs to other prisons around the state.

The name Karreenga means “to grow”, and is taken from the language of the local indigenous community, the Wathaurong people.