Council urges community to have a say on Broadmeadows detention centre

Hume City Council is urging locals to have their say on a $29 million Federal Government proposal to upgrade the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation Centre (MITA) so that it can accommodate higher risk detainees.

Under the proposal, MITA, which is based on Camp Road, would detain high risk offenders such as those who have had visas cancelled on serious character grounds.

“In our submission to the Federal Government, Council made it clear that we have concerns around the significant changes to the use of MITA,” Hume Mayor Councillor Drew Jessop said.

“Council and the community have had a long-term and well publicised view that the site could better be used to invest in community services and facilities that support and strengthen Hume.

“Council has strongly advocated against a detention centre in Broadmeadows since 2005, through our Links not Locks campaign.

“If you live or work in Hume, you can make your voice count by having a say and making a submission to the Federal Government.

“Additional to the submissions, Council is calling on the Federal Government to hold a local public hearing on the issue, prior to a formal decision being made, ensuring the community’s voice is properly heard.”

The consultation period runs until 10 February 2017. Residents can have their say by visiting and making a submission to the inquiry titled Proposed Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation Project, Broadmeadows, Victoria”.

Posted on 9:00 AM, 3 February 2017

Updated : 5:57 PM, 2 February 2017

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