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Victoria’s new youth justice centre to be built on Hoppers Lane, Werribee South

Victoria’s new youth justice centre will be built in Werribee South.

The Andrews Government revealed on Monday the $288 million high-security prison would be built on Hoppers Lane.

The facility will have 224 beds and create up to 3000 jobs in construction, which it set to be completed in 2021.

But Wyndham City Council has slammed the Government for putting the proposed youth justice centre on its land without consultation.

Mayor Henry Barlow has told Tom Elliott the proposed area had been earmarked for the development of a new precinct.

Cr Barlow said the new precinct would have boosted employment.

‘We don’t need a facility like this to help create jobs,’ he said.

‘If you’re going to get something in your neighbourhood, you’d obviously hope that somebody would come and talk to you about it.’

Cr Barlow said the proposed site is visible from the road to Geelong, which is a bad look for his area.

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Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos told Tom Werribee South is the government’s preferred location, but it is in discussions with Wyndham City Council about the best place to put it.

‘If the council was to say there is another land within the municipality that meets all the criteria that we need, obviously we would consider that,’ Ms Mikakos said.

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