Project overview

Aerial view of Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre

The Victorian Government is expanding the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. The expansion represents an important part of the capacity planning and management of young people in the youth justice system.

The new facilities will be located within the existing boundary of the new Centre, at the furthest distance from the Malmsbury community.

Project scope

The expansion will include:

  • 32 additional secure bedrooms
  • additional recreational, educational and program facilities
  • secure double perimeter fence with a sterile zone
  • expansion of the gatehouse
  • landscaping around the perimeter including more than 100 new trees.

Project objectives

The expansion will:

  • meet the expected demand for youth custodial services over time
  • address the requirement for enhanced safety and security
  • deliver rehabilitative services for young people.

Community benefits

  • Enhanced security at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre
  • Increased safety for the community
  • Job creation during the construction phase
  • Careers with the Department of Justice and Community Safety in the ongoing day to day management of the Centre
  • Economic opportunities for local business in the supply of goods and services
  • Increased planting of native vegetation and perimeter landscaping to establish a visual barrier to the Centre.

For more information, contact youthjustice@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) or call (03) 8684 1243.

Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct community newsletter

This newsletter provides the local community with regular updates on the project, including:

  • updates from the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct 
  • progress of the bed expansion, including construction details
  • upcoming community information sessions
  • links to summaries of the Community Advisory Group meetings.

You can read the latest edition (External link), or subscribe (External link) to receive future updates.

About the Community Advisory Group

The Department of Justice and Community Safety established a Community Advisory Group to ensure the local community is informed and engaged on expansion works for the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct. 

Following an open call for expressions of interest and a competitive selection process, three Malmsbury community representatives have been appointed to the Community Advisory Group as well as one from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

The local Aboriginal community, CFA, Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Community Safety are also represented on the Community Advisory Group.

The group use their local connections to share information about the project with the Malmsbury community and provide feedback from community members to the government.

The group will meet regularly as the expansion and upgrade works progress.

Community Advisory Group Members

Local community members

  • Mr Christopher Bromley, Malmsbury community member 
  • Ms Christine Barker, Malmsbury community member
  • Mr Anthony Stephens, Malmsbury community member.

Aboriginal representation

  • Ms Raylene Harradine, CEO of the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative.

Department of Justice and Community Safety and Victoria Police representatives

  • Mr Joseph Tonu (Chair), Acting General Manager, Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct 
  • Mr Lenard Norman, Director, Youth Justice Custodial Services 
  • Mr Justin Sawyers, Director, Major Projects, Assets, Infrastructure and Major Projects 
  • Inspector Chris Large, Victoria Police, Local Area Commander for the area.

About the members

Joseph Tonu, Chair

Joseph Tonu

Joseph Tonu has a background in social justice and community engagement, having worked in the Victorian prison system for 6 years. In 2017, Joseph took on his next challenge as the Senior Operations Manager of the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. In his current role as the Acting General Manager at Malmsbury, Joseph is responsible for the overall operations of the centre and is committed to developing positive working relationships with the local community. 

Christopher Bromley

Chris Bromley

Chris has lived in Malmsbury for 30 years and worked as a teacher and careers counsellor in the area for 40 years. Chris was previously President of the Youth Training Centre School Council, now known as Parkville College. Chris is passionate about the environment and is currently a member of the Malmsbury District Landcare Group, the Friends of the Garden Committee and is a volunteer at the Malmsbury Primary School, where he runs a range of environmental programs.  

Christine Barker

Christine Barker

Christine’s connection to Malmsbury stretches back to 1969 when she bought land for a farm. For many years Christine worked locally in her area of expertise – human resources – and was also a member of a local fire brigade. In 2012, Christine retired and joined a range of local groups including the historical society. Christine is looking forward to working with the Malmsbury community on this important project.

Anthony Stephens

Anthony Stephens

Tony is a local resident and Captain of the Malmsbury Fire Brigade. With strong links to local community and an extensive career in government managing infrastructure projects, Tony has a sound understanding of the justice centre precinct and has built good relationships with the justice centre staff through his role as the local fire Brigade Captain.

Raylene Harradine

Raylene Harradine

Raylene Harradine is a proud Wotjabulluk and Latje Latje woman. As the Chief Executive Officer of Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative, Raylene has also sat on various committees including the Ministerial Advisory Committee Chairperson (Indigenous Women) and the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative and Women’s Health. In 2006, Raylene was awarded the Public Service Medal for her work with Aboriginal communities.

Chris Large

Chris Large

Chris Large is the Local Area Commander for the Macedon Ranges Police Service Area, and has been a police officer for 23 years. Prior to his current role Chris has worked as an operational members in the North West Metropolitan area of Melbourne, and also within a corporate area focused on community engagement.

Meeting summaries