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Worimi Shelter


Worimi Shelter was established at Broadmeadow, near Newcastle, by the Child Welfare Department in July 1966, replacing the former Newcastle Shelter. It was for the reception of children awaiting court hearings or on remand. At the time of its opening Worimi had capacity for 13 boys and girls up to the age of 18 years. Renovations and expansions saw its capacity expand to provide accommodation 23 children by 1977, and 44 by 1979. In 1979 the name of the shelter was changed to Worimi Remand Centre, and from 1985 it was known as the Worimi Youth Centre. Children typically stayed at the centre for only a few days at a time, so no formal education programs were run there, with the focus placed more on recreation activities or community service work. During the 1970s an average of 700 children passed through the centre per year, however by the 1980s this had declined to approximate 350 children per year. Worimi Remand Centre was officially closed on 3 July 2000.

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    Worimi Remand Centre

    Worimi Youth Centre

    Worimi Juvenile Justice Centre


  • c. 1966 - 2000

    Worimi Shelter was situated at 21 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow, New South Wales (Building Demolished)



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