Member for Ripon Louise Staley has called on the Andrews Labor Government to abandon plans to build a new secure sex offenders centre in Ripon.
“Ripon already houses all serious sex offenders in residential facilities in Victoria, we do not need to be the dumping ground for even more,” Ms Staley said.
“The Government must listen to the community and abandon their plans to build a new facility here. As the Member for Ripon, and a resident of Ararat, I know we are doing more than our fair share to keep these offenders away from other communities. We must not have more of these sex and violent offenders put here.”
Ms Staley said, “Imposing a facility for people convicted of the worst, most heinous sex crimes without consulting the community of Ararat or their elected parliamentary representative is a complete betrayal and demonstrates the utter contempt the Andrews Labor Government has for my community.”
“It is entirely insufficient to hold secret meetings behind closed doors yet refuse to engage openly with the wider community and ask them if they want more sex and violent offenders housed here,” said Ms Staley.
“Ripon is doing much more than our fair share to keep all Victorians safe from dangerous convicted violent sexual predators.”