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Meeting tonight about Dhurringile Prison

Residents and Corrections Victoria having meeting about security issues.

JARROD WHITTAKER April 30, 2014 3:04am

Dhurringile residents will air their concerns about a spate of breakouts from the nearby prison at a meeting with senior Corrections Victoria figures tonight.

Five prisoners have walked off from the unfenced prison camp this financial year — accounting for all Victorian escapes during the period, bar one.

Corrections Victoria Hume regional director John Duck will address the meeting. He is expected to deal with questions the community has already submitted, as well as take questions from the floor.

Tonight’s gathering follows a similar meeting at the beginning of the month, where concerned residents appointed a committee to represent them in discussions with prison management.

Committee spokesman Frank Niglia said Corrections Victoria had been ‘‘very receptive’’ about meeting with community members to discuss their concerns.

‘‘I think they realised they’re part of the community and their presence has caused the community a fair bit of concern,’’ Mr Niglia said.

‘‘It never used to, we’re trying to find if there’s a reason why we’ve got so many people escaping.’’

He said the committee had met with Corrections Victoria staff several times and ongoing dialogue was important.

‘‘You’ve got to get together and look and see if we can find a solution to some of those problems.’’

The community meeting will be at Dhurringile Community Centre, 625 Langham Rd, Dhurringile at 7.30pm today.

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