Where we are up to
In Parkville Youth Justice Centre (Parkville YJC) the Jaara Jaara (Koori garden) will be 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, to be placed in the Jara Jara garden, and which will be converted into a fully functional space for a dedicated Koori room in Parkville Youth Justice Centre (YJC).
Within the 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 Koori room at Parkville YJC will be 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 room also provides a culturally safe space to conduct care team meetings, meetings with community Elders and cultural activities.
Resourcing for both of the dedicated Koori rooms has included the purchasing of library items (including a vast collection of books, DVDs and stories), art supplies (kangaroo and possum skins and wood burning materials), technological resources and furniture to maximise the potential of the spaces and the positive impact that they are able to have on the Aboriginal young people who utilise them.
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 dedicated space for Aboriginal cultural events. An adjacent building will accommodate the Aboriginal and cultural support staff on-site. Youth Justice is consulting with traditional owners regarding proposed plans.