Avalon CEO chairs new Youth Justice Centre Board


THE State Government has today (9 June 2017) appointed Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings as an independent chair of a newly established Community Advisory Group to help guide development of the State's proposed new youth justice centre at Cherry Creek, in the south west of Melbourne.

Mr Giddings will chair the 15-member community-based advisory group, which will meet for the first time later this month.

Mr Giddings was appointed as Avalon Airport CEO in 2008 and holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.

He is already deeply involved in his community, serving as chair of the boards of The Gordon TAFE and the Committee for Geelong and as a Pillar working group member with G21 - Geelong Region Alliance.

Four community representatives have been appointed to the group following a competitive expression of interest process, as well as three Wyndham City Councillors and one council officer.

The representatives will use their local connections to share information about the project with the Wyndham community and provide feedback from community members to the Youth Justice Redevelopment Project team and the government.

The Youth Justice Redevelopment Project is scheduled to open in early 2021, with work underway to appoint a principal consultant.

The State Government is providing $288 million for the new high security centre, which will include an intensive supervision unit, 224 beds for remand and sentenced clients and a mental health unit.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said she looked forward to working with the group and the community in delivering the most secure youth justice facility ever built in this state.

Mr Giddings said he was honoured to chair the important community advisory group.

Source: Based on a state government media release