Bennett Brook Justice Centre Remains

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly spoke to residents today.
Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly spoke to residents today.

LOCKRIDGE residents were left disappointed today because an independent analysis by retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell into the Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre would not address the location of the facility.

Disability Services Minister Helen Morton has commissioned an analysis into the plans, programs and services for residents of five-month-old justice centre, on top of an internal security review.

Two weeks ago, Mrs Morton warned an external review would not take place for two to three years.

The announcement follows the absconding of two residents from the centre on New Year’s Eve.

This morning, residents gathered with placards outside the facility to explain concerns, including the close location to houses and schools and lack of notification of escapes.

The Lockridge facility currently houses two detainees because one resident was returned to Hakea prison, according to Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly.

Edith Cowan University Professor Colleen Hayward will join Mr Blaxell who led the inquiry into sexual abuse at Katanning’s St Andrew’s Hostel.

They would also examine whether due consideration was given by the Minister when determining resident suitability for the centre.