On 10 February, Mayor Cr Henry Barlow and Wyndham City CEO Kelly Grigsby met with Youth Affairs Minister, Jenny Mikakos to outline the community’s strong opposition to the proposal for a Youth Detention Centre planned for Werribee South. “We raised specific concern with the insufficient buffer to the intensive agricultural zone of Werribee South as well as future residential communities and the Werribee Tourism precinct,” said Ms Grigsby in a statement to the media.
“We also highlighted that the project threatened the success of the East Werribee National Employment and Innovation Precinct,” she added.
Ms Grisby also said that the Minister listened to the concerns, but indicated that an exhaustive process had been undertaken in determining that Werribee South was the best site for the Youth Detention Centre. “Whilst the Minister is still of this view, she opened the door for further discussions with Council and we are pleased to be able to have more opportunities to represent the views of our residents,” said Ms Grisby.