Youth Justice Centre
The Northern Territory Government has released the design tender for a Youth Justice centre in Darwin.
The tender will include delivery of the design of new safe and secure accommodation for up to 30 young people at any one time plus overflow capacity.
The centre must provide unobtrusive and discreet physical and electronic security while achieving the highest standard of safety and security for young people, staff, visitors and the community.
The selected preferred site for the Darwin facility is at Pinelands. This land is currently zoned General Industry (GI). The necessary planning approvals will be required for rezoning and subdivision to allow for the site to be developed as proposed. Both of these processes include a statutory public comment process which will invite feedback.
This development will carefully consider the safety and security of this area and may potentially open up further adjoining land for light industrial use, providing additional business opportunities in the future.
You will be kept informed throughout the process and informed of the exhibition period for the development approvals and rezoning.
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Pinelands Youth Justice Centre Q&As
Q) Why has the Pinelands site been chosen as the preferred site for Darwin?
Government undertook a comprehensive analysis of potential site options for the Darwin Youth Justice Centre, including both Crown and privately owned sites. The greenfields Pinelands site was considered to best meet the requirements of a new Youth Justice Centre for the Northern Territory. These requirements include:
- Proximity for visitation by family to ensure young people are connected or reconnected to family, culture and community
- Ease of access by professional service providers to support young people in custody with life skills training, health and wellbeing services and specialist rehabilitation programs
- Ready access to education and training providers to help young people to be job ready
- Ensures young people feel safe and secure, in a location that is purposefully built for children, not adults
- A reasonable location for Centre staff to access daily
- Ease of connectivity to existing infrastructure such as water, roads and sewerage
The site at Pinelands would be accessed from a future extension of McKinnon Road and is bordered by Tiger Brennan Drive. Alternative access to the site will be considered in future plan for the Pinelands roads network.
Q) Why is the Government not building the new youth justice centre on the Don Dale site?
The Northern Territory Government has learned valuable lessons from operations at the Don Dale facility and the obstacles encountered. We are focused on moving forward.
The Pinelands site is large enough that it enables the future co-location of other rehabilitation services, such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation within the site forming a Rehabilitation Precinct.
This scale further enables the future potential co-location of service providers to either facility at the site, providing an economic development opportunity for the area through new business opportunities.
Relocating both the alcohol rehabilitation and youth justice services from Berrimah preserves this area for future appropriate developments more suited to residential uses, and separates potential conflicting land uses such as school sites and residential land.
Q) What consultation has been undertaken?
A number of face to face conversations have occurred with immediately adjacent neighbours of the site to inform businesses of the proposed use of the site so that feedback can be taken into account for the design of the rehabilitation precinct.
This was followed by a letterbox drop to provide a wider audience with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics contact details.
A statutory public comment process will also invite feedback from the community which will be taken into consideration in making the final location decision.
Q) What elements are included in the recently released design tender for the Darwin and Alice Springs youth just facilities?
The new secure centres will hold young people accountable for their actions while addressing the need for practical rehabilitation so that they can become productive members of society.
A design tender has been released to design both Youth Justice Centres that will ensure:
- Safe and secure accommodation for young people
- The highest standards of security and technology that is designed for Northern Territory conditions and needs
- Unobtrusive design that lessons the visual impact of the Centres externally but also allows a greater internal connection to the landscape
- A facility that ensures the safety and wellbeing of Centre staff
- A facility that enables the delivery of therapeutic models of care to make sure young people are physically and mentally well
- A facility that enables young people to take part in education and training that meets their complex and varied needs
- A facility that utilises flexible spaces for the delivery of a variety of services and programs that will cater to different gender, age and cultural backgrounds
Q) What consultation was undertaken in the development of the design brief?
A range of consultations have been undertaken to date to inform the future Centre designs.
This has included the delivery of a series of specialist sector workshops in Darwin and Alice Springs. These workshops were supported and informed by an international expert in youth justice facility design and attended by a broad cross-section of Aboriginal controlled organisations, non-government organisations, government agencies and service providers.
Additional consultation has included visioning workshops with Youth Justice Staff and young people in custody.
The final designs will also be informed by the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory’s response to them through the Safe, Thriving and Connected Plan.
Q) What are the expected timelines for the design of these projects?
The design tender anticipated award is January 2019.
The design concept is anticipated to be finalised by March/April 2019. This will occur concurrently with the construction tender.
Anticipated construction tender release is December 2018.
Construction is likely to commence on a suitable site in Quarter 2 of 2019.
It is expected that construction will finish mid-2021.
Q) What was the outcome of the public meeting convened by concerned Pinelands business owners?
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler and Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield, listened to the concerns put forward by members of the Pinelands community and will continue working with the community to address and mitigate these concerns where possible.
As part of the planning process, a statutory public comment process will also invite feedback from the community which will be taken into consideration in making the final location decision.
Q) What will happen to property values in Pinelands as a result of the development?
Several youth Justice facilities across Australia are located in close proximity to industrial zones including in Brisbane and Adelaide.
There is an important distinction to be made in regards to youth facilities and adult facilities. The Youth Justice Centre will accommodate a small (30) number of young people within a comparatively small footprint.
Key to design considerations is to ensure a low visual impact, unobtrusive design and vegetation and land buffers that will further compliment this.
Property values are complex and are impacted by a range of macro and micro economic factors. It is unlikely that the development of a youth justice facility in an industrial area on its own would contribute to a change in the property prices.
Q) How will this site be made more secure than the existing sites?
The existing sites utilised for youth detention are aged and utilising dated security technology. Delivery of the Youth Justice Centres will take into consideration improved security, environmental conditions and current highest standards of security technology informed by other centres around Australia and internationally.
Thorough site commissioning will occur prior to the sites becoming operational.
Q) How do I find out more information?
For further information on the new Youth Justice Centres or to discuss these matters further, please contact the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 07 November 2018