Where we are up to
In Parkville Youth Justice Centre (Parkville YJC) the Jaara Jaara (Aboriginal garden) has been developed as a cultural space for therapeutic and cultural healing. In addition to the Yannipal Visitors Centre and the adjacent Yannipal Garden, Youth Justice have procured a shipping container which will be converted into a fully functional space for a dedicated Koori room in Parkville YJC.
Within the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre (Malmsbury YJC), the pre-existing Coorong Tongala Room has been renovated, redecorated, refurnished and provided with a range of resources to provide Aboriginal young people with a culturally safe and enjoyable place to call their own.
The dedicated Aboriginal room at Parkville YJC has been modelled on the existing facility in Malmsbury YJC where young people can involve themselves in cultural programs, meet with their Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice Workers or the Aboriginal Liaison Officer. The launch of the Aboriginal room in Parkville will be held later this year.
In addition to strengthening Parkville and Malmsbury to meet the cultural needs of Aboriginal young people, the new Cherry Creek Youth Justice facility will be responsive to Aboriginal children and young people who require a tailored approach to supporting their cultural needs.
The masterplan for Cherry Creek has been confirmed, with a dedicated spiritual centre. This centre will provide a space for Aboriginal cultural events. An adjacent building will accommodate Aboriginal and cultural support staff on-site. Youth Justice is consulting with traditional owners regarding proposed plans.