Youth Justice Centre

The Northern Territory Government has awarded the contract for the design of the new Darwin Youth Justice Centre to local design consultancy, Bennett Design Pty Ltd.

The $3.3 million contract includes the planning and design of a new Youth Justice Centre that will provide safe and secure accommodation for up to 30 young people at any one time plus overflow capacity.

The Centre will 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 proposed site for the Darwin facility is at Pinelands which is currently zoned General Industry (GI) and statutory planning approvals are required to rezone and subdivide the site to accommodate the proposed development. A period of statutory public comment closed on the 14 December 2018 and it is anticipated the Northern Territory Planning Commission will now consider the rezone application on 31 January 2019 at a public hearing and the Development Consent Authority will consider the subdivision application on 20 February 2019.

A map of the site (17.1 mb) is now available to download.

The proposed 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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The below factsheets contain additional information about this project.

Pinelands Youth Justice Centre Q&As

Q) Why has the Pinelands site been chosen as the preferred site for Darwin?

Q) Why is the Government not building the new youth justice centre on the Don Dale site?

Q) What consultation has been undertaken?

Q) What elements are included in the recently released design tender for the Darwin and Alice Springs youth just facilities?

Q) What consultation was undertaken in the development of the design brief?

Q) What are the expected timelines for the design of these projects?

Q) What was the outcome of the public meeting convened by concerned Pinelands business owners?

Q) What will happen to property values in Pinelands as a result of the development?

Q) How will this site be made more secure than the existing sites?

Q) How do I find out more information?

Last updated: 04 January 2019