Ararat's Corella Place security concerns discussion with Corrections Minister Edward O'Donohue

CORRECTIONS Minister Edward O'Donohue will discuss security concerns surrounding Ararat's Corella Place when he visits the city on Wednesday.

The residential facility for sex offenders came under scrutiny from the nation's media after a resident absconded on July 6.

The man was missing for more than a week before his arrest in Ballarat on Monday last week.

He will face the County Court.

Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper said although Mr O'Donohue's visit was scheduled before the incident, he welcomed an opportunity to discuss it.

Corella Place residents have completed their jail sentences, but are deemed to pose an unacceptable risk of re-offending.

Although residents are subject to strict court-imposed conditions, they are not living in a prison.

Cr Hooper maintained his faith in the system following the ordeal at Corella Place earlier this month.

"I think, with the tools available to the justice system, it is preferable to have them in a centre like Corella Place rather than living in the broader community," he said.

"I am sure the events of a fortnight ago would be under review, and look forward to the results of that review."

Cr Hooper said the meeting would also provide an update about how expansions at nearby correctional centres were progressing.

Hopkins Correctional Centre will accommodate more than 700 prisoners when works are complete.

Cr Hooper said the new development was almost ready to accommodate inmates.

Corella Place will also be expanded.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health Georgie Crozier will also visit Ararat tomorrow to discuss health initiatives such as Ararat Active and Healthy Together.

"Our health results are fantastic, but we need to continue to innovate and motivate our leaders to continue doing the fantastic work they have done," Cr Hooper said.

"We also need to present the facts to Ms Crozier so she can see this is not a figment of our imagination, that we literally are getting fantastic work out of the programs.


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