MORE sex offenders will be housed at Ararat after serving their sentence following a $3 million government expansion of the state’s specialist sex offender residential facility yesterday.
Corella Place, located next to Hopkins Correctional Centre in Ararat, is a 40-bed community residential facility for serious sex offenders who have completed their jail sentence, but who still represent an unacceptable risk of re-offending.
Offenders are subject to stringent court-ordered treatment and supervision, including GPS monitoring, and cannot leave the facility unaccompanied.
Corrections Minister for Corrections Edward O’Donohue said the existing residential facility plays an essential role in the management and ongoing rehabilitation of Victoria’s most serious sex offenders.
“Since 2006, Corella Place has provided strong protection for the Victorian public while also making sure these serious offenders receive appropriate therapy and rehabilitation,” he said.
“The expansion of Corella Place will give us an even greater capacity to manage offenders who the court believes still pose an unacceptable risk to the community at the end of their sentence.”
Mr O’Donohue said the project would increase the capacity of Corella Place to 55, with additional staff and security also added to support the new facilities.
He said a neighbouring property, owned by the Department of Justice, will be transformed into resident accommodation.
The existing administration building will also be extended to accommodate the increase in staff required to manage new facilities and offenders.
A public meeting will be held in Ararat within the next fortnight.
The Department of Justice is funding the expansion, which is expected to commence next month, subject to appropriate planning permissions.