Monday, 10 February 2020

The new Lilydale Justice Service Centre has officially opened as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $320 million boost for community-based justice services.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Harriet Shing today represented Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll at the new centre, which underwent a more than $1.5 million relocation and refit.

Community members can visit the centre to make sheriff payments, submit births, deaths and marriage record applications, including Koori birth certificates, and research family history dating back to the 1830s.

It is centrally located at 23 John Street, is close to public transport and provides a more modern facility for staff and residents that is almost twice the size of the previous centre in Lilydale.

The existing site on Clarke Street remained open to the public as the new building underwent a 10-month facelift, before beginning operations in late 2019.

The government has invested more than $320 million during the past four years to strengthen community-based justice services, delivering more staff, more intensive case management and improved access to targeted rehabilitation and support services.

This includes almost $70 million to deliver 25 new Justice Service Centre locations, 18 refits and two extensions across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll

“We’re proud to be delivering a package of more than $320 million to strengthen community-based justice services right across Victoria, including in Lilydale.”

“Justice Service Centres bring a number of important services together under the same roof and demand for these services continue to grow, which is why this investment is so crucial.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region Harriet Shing

“The Lilydale community and the dedicated staff who work at the Justice Service Centre will greatly benefit from this new and much larger centre, as will members of surrounding areas who visit to obtain local access to information and services.”

“This new, modern centre will continue serving the growing Lilydale community well into the future and is an important part of meeting an increase in demand as our population grows.”