YARRAM - PORT ALBERT
INDIGENOUS ADULT RESIDENTIAL
Proposal for the use of the ex prison farm at Won Wron,
|For a complete update on the status of Wulgunggo Ngalu, go to the Department
of Justice's website, then enter WULGUNGGO NGALU into the search facility
('ngalu' will do it). This will give you a list of documents which includes
the physical development of the site, its proposed use, and other documents.
Of particular interest is the document RESPONSES
TO QUESTIONS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
|Department of Justice. Information Sheet. 16 August 2005
INDIGENOUS ADULT RESIDENTIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM
The State Government has announced a new site for the Indigenous Adult Residential Diversion Program. The Program, which will be located at the former Won Wron prison site in Yarram, Gippsland, aims to rehabilitate Koori offenders.
What is the program?
Young adult Indigenous males who have been placed on Community Based
Orders (CBOs) and
The program is not open to any violent offenders, sex offenders or drug traffickers.
Up to 20 Indigenous adult male offenders will be accommodated at the
facility. Residents will
Why is it needed?
The program has been set up in response to the Royal Commission into
Aboriginal Deaths in
The key finding of RCIADIC was the need for programs and services which
reduce the over-
Indigenous Victorians breach their CBOs at nearly double the rate of
It is important to understand that a breach of community based orders
does not necessarily
What will it achieve?
The program will help Indigenous offenders tosuccessfully complete their
What will the exact nature of staffing be for the program?
At a minimum, 15 full-time rostered staff will be employed by the Board
of Management to run
There will also be opportunities for casual work with the Program to
address specific issues and
The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The
staffing complement will be
Why is the Pragram being relocated to the Gippsland Region?
When considering alternative locations for the program, there were a
number of advantages to
. There is significant regional demand for a diversionary program for Indigenous male offenders - as at March 2005 approximately 28.5% of all Indigenous offenders on CBOs and Intensive Corrections Orders (ICOs) were from the Gippsland/Metropolitan South East Region.
. A Koori Court will be established in Gippsland by 2006, which will provide a local referral point for the Program.
. The Program will increase employment opportunities for Indigenous people in the Latrobe Valley area, where the Indigenous unemployment rate is amongst the highest in the State.
. In its 2003 Regional Plan the Gippsland Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC) outlined its interest in acquiring the Won Wron site to establish a diversion program in Central Gippsland.
What are the key elements of the Program?
A key aspect of the Program is that it will emphasise Aboriginal culture,
values and dimensions.
Key elements of the Program include:
. Supervising staff at the Program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
. Residents will participate in a fully structured and individually
What types of offenders will be eligible?
The Program is NOT a prison, and therefore prisoners will NOT be eligible
to participate in
The Program is for Indigenous adult male offenders who will be admitted
to the program as
Will the residents be allowed off-the-site?
Residents will be able to leave the site as part of their structured program. In fact, a key part of the Program will be linking residents to services offered in the wider community.
However residents will only be able to leave the site with the prior permission of staff and when it is a requirement of their structured program.
How long will residents stay?
Residents will be living at the facility for up to 6 months.