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Corrections NEWS

Leaders in corrections: Partners

in criminal and social justice

Inside

Probation and Parole graduations

2007–08 State Budget highlights

Gatehouse staff set the standard

Brisbane Correctional Centre

Lotus Glen prepares

Fast News

June 2007


Contents

Message from the Minister...4 2007–08 State Budget highlights....5 Message from the Director-General...6 Woodford Centre Services...7

Lotus Glen contingency training...8 Brisbane Correctional Centre...9 Fast news…10–11 Perspectives…12

Front cover: Clockwise from top left, QCS Dog Squad officers Darren Chick and David Hurikino graduate from Queensland Police course; Probation and Parole

officers training at QCS Academy; Woodford CC gatehouse officers, left to right, Jace Wenborn, Brian Steadman and Carmel Timmons; Woodford CC Visists

Processing Officer Lee Knight

Probation

Probation and Parole Reporting Officer Development Program May 25 graduates

Honour roll

Probation and Parole - Reporting Officer Development Program

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May 25, 2007 graduates – Michelle Wylie, Emma Philtrip, Kylie Sunley,

Laura Carminati, Vanessa Jackson, Siimone Hanna, Emily Blake,

Penny Dwyer, Sonia Holloway, Angela Moy, Chi Pham, Alma Stevens,

David Ashmore, Melita Bindon, Jathan Fischer, Rhonda Hayes, Nadine Hedger

June 1, 2007 graduates – Priscilla Thorpe, Jacqui Ball, Georgia Brookes,

Bridget Spiers, Peggy Westbury, Michael Donaldson, Andrew Butler,

Jenna McKenzie, Heidi Bird, William Thirkill, Courtney Ward, Laura Lang,

Carlina Teaken, Sandra McShane, Dellis Gledhill, Alexandra Gray,

Len Morrissey, Tara Purewal, Timothy Kurz

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aduations

and Parole

Probation and Parole Reporting Officer Development Program June 1 graduates

Reporting officers step up for a Probation and Parole training first

The first students of the new Probation and Parole Reporting Officer Development Program

graduated recently.

Almost 40 officers from Probation and Parole offices across Queensland graduated at two

ceremonies at the Queensland Corrective Services Academy (QCSA) on May 25 and June 1.

The implementation of the new Probation and Parole service has meant the reshaping of the

Entry Level Program to cater for the new duties in the five key areas of surveillance, compliance,

reporting, case management and assessment.

One of the major advantages to the training means that graduates of the Reporting Officer

Development Program are now immediately eligible for a Certificate IV in Correctional

Practice.

The roll out of the ELP for compliance officers is expected to begin this month and development of

training packages for case management and assessment officers is also nearing completion.

The two graduation ceremonies were attended by a total of 120 family, friends and

colleagues.

QCS Director-General Frank Rockett, QCSA Director Alan Butler, Probation and Parole Executive

Director Peter Camden and Course Coordinator Jeff Bennett presided over both ceremonies.

Queensland

Corrective

Services

The graduates during their training;

fire extinguisher training… …in discussion during a course module… …completing urinalysis training… …at work in the classroom

ACADEMY

CN June 2007 / Page 3


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FOCAL POINTS

with Minister Judy Spence

The State Budget announced this month delivers record

funding for Queensland Corrective Services.

A record $487 million is being delivered to ensure we

continue to improve the security and good order of the

State’s correctional facilities, and the operation of the

parole and probation system.

Working as part of Queensland’s justice sector, many

of you would be aware of the pressure growing prisoner

numbers can put on staff and infrastructure.

To ensure our facilities in Queensland can continue

to accommodate an increasing prison population and

be state of the art, we are providing $228 million for

expansion and refurbishment of Queensland correctional

centres.

$50.4 million of this funding will go towards the

construction of the new women’s prison in Townsville.

Planning and design of the new prison precinct at Gatton

and new facilities at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre have

also been funded.

This budget also continues to ensure our facilities are

state of the art when it comes to security, with $7.7 million

in funding provided for the continued $40 million upgrade

of perimeter security at secure correctional centres across

the state.

These upgrades are about ensuring our record of no

escapes from secure custody remains intact.

While much of the community perceives corrective services

to be all about keeping criminals behind bars, we know

the role of corrective services is so much broader.

We are now leading the way in offender rehabilitation

and this budget continues to invest in this crucial area

by delivering $18.3 million over the next four years for

programs and initiatives to provide greater external

support upon release and improve coordination of

education and training.

The budget also provides $1.9 million for increasing

QCS’s management of dangerous sex offenders in the

community and $3.5 million over four years for electronic

monitoring of sex offenders who are supervised under the

Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

This budget is about protecting the community by ensuring

the secure custody of offenders and their positive

rehabilitation during incarceration and upon release.

Judy Spence

Record Budget for QCS

Minister for Police and Corrective Services

ICT Strategic Plan released

The Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Information

Communication Technology (ICT) Strategic Plan 2007–2011 is

now available on the Intranet under the “Reports & publications”

heading.

The plan sets the direction for the Agency’s ICT for the next four

years.

The strategies outlined in the plan are consistent with whole-ofgovernment

ICT direction and reflects the progression to centralised

ICT governance within Queensland Government.

Some of the challenges facing the QCS Information Management

Branch (IMB) over the next four years include:

• developing new methods of ICT support to Probation and Parole

offices in remote locations

• providing all QCS staff with flexible access to the network through

fixed and mobile technologies

• collaboration with other Queensland Government agencies

to share and develop ICT knowledge and work on common

problems

The report highlights a number of planned initiatives for the next

few years aimed at improving the agency’s ICT. These cover a wide

range of QCS’s business and include:

• the Public Safety Network (PSN) project, in conjunction

with Queensland Police and the Department of Justice and

Attorney-General, to ensure that the network is capable of

supporting future law and public safety business activities

and telecommunications services, such as Voice Over Internet

Protocol and Radio Over Internet Protocol

• a joint analysis, in association with Queensland Health, to

determine which Government agency would be best suited to

take responsibility for prisoner health and medical services.

IMB will support Offender Programs and Services in identifying

Information Management and ICT issues relating to the project.

For further information on the ICT Strategic Plan, please contact

Strategy Development Principal Advisor Derek Royds at Derek.

Royds@correctiveservices.qld.gov.au


2007 State Budget

supports QCS’ growth

Queensland Corrective Services has received a funding boost of $70.8 million,

or 17 per cent, bringing its 2007–08 State Budget allocation to $487 million.

The funds are for a range initiatives including commissioning and operating

new infrastructure, delivery of more rehabilitation programs and expansion

of Probation and Parole services in Queensland’s Gulf communities.

The 2007–08 State Budget provides $228 million dollars in capital works to

build new prisons and upgrade existing facilities.

A total of $163.7 million is allocated on the new women’s prison and the

upgrade of the men’s correctional centre in Townsville.

The budget also commits $19.9 million to complete the $55 million expansion

of the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and $44.3 million to complete the

$110 million redevelopment of Brisbane Correctional Centre.

Between them, the projects will deliver an extra 720 prisoner beds at

correctional facilities.

Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence said in addition to the capital works,

$3.5 million will be spent on planning and development for the Gatton prison

precinct and $3 million for similar studies into expansion of Lotus Glen

Correctional Centre.

“We are planning for the future growth of Queensland’s prison population

and the new prison precinct at Gatton is a major part of this planning,” Ms

Spence said.

Ms Spence said the Agency will also continue to fund major upgrades of

perimeter security at prisons.

“We will spend $7.7 million this year as part of the $40 million ongoing

program to upgrade perimeter security at correctional centres,” she said.

“Upgrades to perimeter security have already been completed at the Brisbane

Women’s, Lotus Glen and Borallon correctional centres.”

Ms Spence said the upgrades would include major works at Arthur Gorrie

Correctional Centre.

“There will be an upgrade of master control rooms to cater for new technology,

an upgrade of perimeter gates to allow better control, and lightning protection

for security cameras and perimeter field devices,” she said.

The budget allocates $1.9 million to strengthen the Agency’s ability to

supervise and manage sex offenders living in the community as well as

recurrent funding of $780,000 for electronic monitoring services.

An additional $12.7 million will be spent over four years managing sex

offenders following their release into the community.

A range of rehabilitation services will share additional funding of $18.3 million

over four years.

These include increased prison industry activities to boost prisoners’ work

skills, increased provision of support services by external providers, extension

of rehabilitation programs to offenders in the community and improved

coordination of employment and training.

Probation and Parole services will be provided $772,000 for additional

program delivery resources.

Additional capital funding of $500,000 is provided for the establishment of

Probation and Parole services on the Cape, with additional recurrent funding

of $300,000 for the establishment of a service based at Weipa.

Additional recurrent funding will also be used to establish a Probation and

Parole presence in the Northern Peninsula area of Cape York.

Budget announces expanded Probation and Parole services in remote areas

Prisoners will access more training and work skills through expanded

prison industries

Increased funding for rehabilitation programs and increased supervision

of offenders living in the community

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From the

DG’s desk

with Director-General

Frank Rockett

It starts in the gatehouse

A visits day is a hectic and often stressful time for staff in any

correctional centre.

Paperwork needs to be processed; there can be a multitude of

questions from visitors; security must be maintained; processes need

to be followed; phones ring off the hook; patience is frequently tested;

and as intelligence networks gather information, they are often called

on to act.

Keep in mind this challenging atmosphere when considering the staff

at Woodford Correctional Centre – Australia’s largest correctional

centre with close to 1000 prisoners.

Visits happen every day at Woodford; many hundreds of people attend

the centre each week to spend time with a family member or friend.

Despite these pressures, Woodford staff present one of the most

professional and courteous workplace cultures within Queensland’s

custodial corrections system. It starts in Woodford’s gatehouse and

continues within the centre’s perimeter.

We work in a challenging environment, but we also work in a profession

where there is real scope to make a difference and draw personal

satisfaction from helping and serving people.

Our industry is based on people and service. It is important that we

exhibit the behaviours of individuals and groups who are respectful to

each other. Our workforce strategy supports this, by endeavouring to

build a robust and supportive culture.

Quality public service workplaces

The core values that our Agency works by are stated on our

Strategic Plan. They are: we act with integrity; we are accountable;

we work together; we learn; and we respect diversity.

Encouraging positive workplace behaviours and values like these

helps individuals and teams to achieve their potential. We should

all be building a workplace culture that supports professional

and ethical behaviour in a safe working environment.

Additionally, our Agency is part of a whole-of-government

initiative to improve workplaces. It is known as “Quality Public

Service Workplaces”. Through this initiative, we are working to

achieve:

• improved organisational health services

• a reduction in work-related stress

• less workplace harassment

• less grievances

• a reduction in avoidable absences

Professional attitudes will foster creativity and excellence among our

staff. This, in turn, will improve the quality of services we provide to

the public of Queensland.

Public perceptions of our professionalism are very often determined

by our staff who are interacting with the community.

The professional workplace behaviour of Woodford CC staff who serve

the public with integrity and respect is a first-rate model for us all.

CCOs Ken McEachen and Col Martin; part of the Woodford CC Centre Services

Gatehouse officers Jase Wenborn and Carmel Timmons provide friendly

courteous service

Visits Processing Officer Lee Knight has treated visitors with respect for 16 years

“We set the tone for how the centre

operates, so we also have to be

prepared to set the example of how

officers conduct themselves.”

Woodford CC Centre Services

Manager Brad Kidd


First impressions critical

A collection of thank-you cards sent to visits processing staff by grateful family members

after they have visited prisoners stands testament to the professional attitude of

officers at Woodford Correctional Centre (WCC).

The cards are stacked neatly behind the counter in the visits processing area.

A quick scan of the cards’ contents reveals a snapshot of life at the front of a correctional

centre, where a full range of emotions and expectations are played out by prison

visitors daily.

Words such as “compassion”, “patience” and “dedication” are repeated often as the

appreciative writers thank officers for maintaining great service and a sense of humour

despite the challenges their busy workplace entails.

WCC General Manager Greg Howden says a visits session can set the tone for how

prisoners behave and engage in rehabilitative activities for the following week.

“If we treat family members with respect, they are more likely to have a happy visit and

the prisoners are less likely to be disruptive afterwards,” Greg said.

“This has positive knock-on effects for the entire centre, including staff and other

prisoners.”

However, Greg says it is only part of the reason his Centre Services’ officers have in the

past 12 months refined the way they go about their daily routines.

“When our Centre Services was audited by Internal Audit Branch 12 months ago, we

achieved a ‘Two’ or ‘Good’ rating,” he said.

“We knew we could do better, so I asked Centre Services Manager Brad Kidd to

immediately set about raising the bar on our level of professionalism.”

Brad recommended a series of changes and, with the support of supervisors and

experienced officers, refined procedures and organised training.

“We worked together to refine how we operated and to understand how we can share

the benefits,” Brad said.

“We’ve encouraged officers to see the big picture, not just his or her part of it. Officers

of today need to be adaptable, flexible and employ sound judgement.

“Their image and manner – including appropriate dress and deportment – are crucial

to demonstrate to the community the qualities and competencies of their profession.

“Centre Services officers are the first point of contact for everyone entering a centre,

including staff and prisoners.

“We set the tone for how the centre operates, so we also have to be prepared to set the

example of how officers conduct themselves,” he said.

“Through 12 months of gradual improvements to the Visits Processing, Entry Security,

Prisoner Reception and Intelligence areas, the Centre Services’ team have now set new

standards, which we are all proud of.”

GM Greg Howden said Centre Services had proved tangible benefits can flow from

simple changes in professionalism and service delivery.

“We scored a “One” or “Very Good” in our latest audit, which is a credit to our officers

who accepted the challenge,” he said.

“We are proud of how we operate and morale will continue to improve with the positive

results received from audits. We need to continue to grow this attitude throughout the

centre.

“The Administration team is currently following the same path; adopting lessons learnt

by Centre Services.”

Administration Officer Lee Knight has worked in visits processing for 16 years and many

of the thank-you cards received by WCC are addressed to her.

She works by a simple motto.

“Treat everyone as you’d like to be treated yourself,” Lee said.

She said when people get difficult, she continues to be helpful.

“They eventually drop their bad attitude and are nice.”

“You develop a rapport and trust, and that works for everyone.”

CCOs Greg Williams and Dean Sinclair-Paton checking property

at Prisoner Reception

Dog Squad officer Tony Austin with Jack; securing the

perimeter

Centre Services Manager Brad Kidd; raising the bar on

professionalism

CCO David Fisher; trialling a prototype of a new equipment vest

designed and manufactured by Woodford CC Industries

CN June 2007 / Page 7


Nursing staff, custodial officers and Queensland Regional Fire Service staff assist in the

evacuation of the “prisoner” from the Chapel

Realism adds to contingencies

Adding touches of realism to contingency tests at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre (LGCC) has helped identify areas needing

improvement according to Secure Accommodation Manager Mick Gleave.

The recent “Red and Green” day saw simultaneous contingency tests for fire – Code Red – and escape – Code Green.

“We decided to make it more realistic by using a smoke machine for the first time,” Mick said.

“We also used some of our fire training equipment to create a small fire outside the Chapel.”

That fire was extinguished by custodial staff, but emergency services were called after another “blaze” threatened to get

out of control.

The centre was placed in lock-down mode and a muster of prisoners indicated two “were missing”.

The first prisoner, a dummy dressed for the occasion, was discovered in the Chapel. The second, played by a custodial

officer, fled the centre, adding to the drama of the scenario.

Officers attended to the prisoner in the Chapel and Dog Squad officers and police tracked down the escapee.

Mick said one of the outcomes of the day was a better understanding of the requirements of the emergency services.

“We learnt a lot about how they operate and how we can improve our interaction with them,” he said.

“Members of our fire response team benefited greatly from working with the professional fire crews.”

Iceman of the tropical north

The Sydney Harbour Bridge has made an appearance in Mareeba.

An ice sculpture of the bridge was one of two works created by Lotus Glen

Correctional Centre Custodial Correctional Officer Tony Hermann at the recent

Walkamin Rotary Field Day.

A cruise-ship holiday in 1993 inspired Tony to pursue the chilly past-time.

“I saw an ice-carving demonstration during the cruise and thought it was

something I could do,” he said.

“I had done every other aspect of catering and saw ice-carving as a new

challenge.”

Tony completed a 20-hour course in ice-carving and has since coolly collected

numerous awards for his work including three gold, four silver and six bronze

medals at national championships.

However, the highlight was a silver medal he won at the 2003 World

Championships in Belgium.

Tony’s creations have included a life-sized statue of Steve Irwin wrestling a

crocodile, a koala surfing a giant wave, a three-metre tall Eiffel Tower and a

tribute to the Australian victims of the Bali bomb tragedy.

He uses a Husqvana chainsaw to carve each 150kg block of ice.

“It takes about 15 minutes to carve a block of ice into a work of art and it lasts

about six hours,” he said.

The former catering Trade Instructor says there’s not much call for an ice carver

on the floor at LGCC, where he now works.

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Lotus Glen CC Trades Coordinator Gail Mostert describes to Dog Handler Ian Grimmett, with

Monty, where the “escapee” was last seen

Tony Hermann ice carves an Eiffel Tower


Brisbane Correctional Centre

staff recruitment

Recruitment of staff for Brisbane Correctional Centre (BCC) is well

underway in the lead-up to the centre’s opening.

Expressions of Interest for at-level positions at BCC from existing

Queensland Corrective Services custodial correctional officers have

now closed.

Selection will be made through a merit process incorporating a short

interview and referee checks.

Recruitment of new staff, who are external to the Agency, has also

commenced. An Entry Level Training Program for these recruits is

planned for later this year.

Non-custodial staff will have a four-week induction program and

existing staff will undertake a two-week centre induction program.

The annual Statewide Transfer System will not include BCC as a transfer

choice until 12 months after the commissioning date.

This will allow BCC a reasonable opportunity to establish staffing

and service practices prior to making transfer vacancies available to

permanent staff from other centres and regions.

Staff transferred from Sir David Longland CC to positions outside the

Wacol precinct and who wish to return, will continue to be given priority

for positions as they become available in the Wacol precinct.

BCC Assistant GM appointed

Brisbane Correctional Centre (BCC) General Manager Greg Brown has welcomed the

appointment of Darryll Fleming as Assistant General Manager (AGM).

Greg said Darryll brings significant skills and experience to the position.

Darryll joined Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) in 1988 and has worked in several

centres including Boggo Road, Numinbah, Sir David Longland, Wolston and Palen Creek.

He started as a Custodial Officer and has also worked as an Activities Officer, Staff

Development Officer, Accommodation Manager and Centre Services Manager.

Darryll has spent the past two years as Assistant General Manager at Wolston and Palen

Creek correctional centres.

Earlier this year, he was the QCS representative on a panel that reviewed a number of

security-related incidents at Hobart’s Risden Prison.

As AGM, he will be responsible for the development and ongoing monitoring of management

practices for the effective supervision and rehabilitation of prisoners at BCC.

Darryll said those management practices would be undertaken in consultation with staff.

“It is extremely important to the BCC management team that our staff are well-trained,

well-resourced and well-supported,” he said.

The partially completed 300-bed S Block at Brisbane Correctional Centre

Darryll Fleming brings significant skills and experience to the

position

CN June 2007 / Page 9


FAST news

QCS dog handlers graduate from Police course

Two Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Dog Squad officers have graduated

from a Queensland Police Service (QPS) General Purpose (GP) dog training

course. It’s the first time in more than 20 years that QCS officers have

participated in a QPS course. QCS Dog Squad Officer Darren Chick and his

dog, Zeus, completed the 14-week course under the instruction of the QPS Dog

Squad State Coordinator Senior Sergeant Terry Cantwell. QCS Dog Squad Officer

Dave Hurikino also completed the course as an assistant instructor. The course

was held at the QPS Dog Squad Training Unit at Oxley and included units on

obedience and distance control, agility, tracking, area searches, man work and

operational training scenarios. QCS Dog Squad State Coordinator Alan Swann

approached the QPS last year to organise participation by QCS handlers on

the course. Alan said it was an important opportunity to network with police

colleagues. “QPS is regarded as having the best training course in the country,”

he said. “This was a chance to update our training techniques with a view to

making the QCS dog squad the best in corrective services in Australia.”

QCS Dog Squad State Coordinator Alan Swann, dog handler Dave Hurikino, QPS Dog Squad

State Coordinator Senior Sergeant Terry Cantwell, dog handler Darren Chick and Zeus, and

Custodial Operations Executive Director Jim Mullen after the graduation ceremony at the

Sleeman Centre at Chandler

Local recruit in the show spotlight

A local lad stepped out from behind the Maryborough Correctional Centre

(MCC) razor wire and into the spotlight at last month’s Fraser Coast Show.

Cuddly, charming and four-legged, two-year-old Passive Alert Drug Detection

(PADD) dog Tyson showcased the skills that have made him one of the

centre’s star recruits. A Labrador Springer Spaniel cross, Tyson is the son of

two Maryborough PADD dogs. Together with his partner Dog Squad Handler

Peter Baumanis, and PADD puppies in training Ralph and Sally, the foursome

entertained about 150 people at two demonstrations on May 24 and 25. Sixmonth-old

youngsters Ralph and Sally are puppies from MCC’s second litter of

PADD pups. They are currently fostered out to Wide Bay families and will begin

their PADD training at nine months of age. Since the centre opened in 2003, the

PADD dog demonstrations at the Fraser Coast Show have showcased the work

of handlers and their drug detection dogs within MCC.

RIP Kahn

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) has lost

a loyal servant following the recent death of

General Purpose (GP) dog, Kahn. The 10-yearold

German Shepherd served QCS for nine years

with great distinction. His handler, Ken Price,

trained Kahn after finding him as an eight-weekold

puppy at a suburban breeder. Ken described

Kahn as his mate and a great family dog. “He

was a good, solid worker – stable, sociable and

confident,” he said. “We enjoyed a special bond

and he never let me down.” Fellow handlers said

Kahn was regarded as a role model and would

be missed by all at the Brisbane Dog Squad.

Kahn died of what appeared to be a cancerous

growth on his heart.

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General Purpose dog Kahn

$50,000 goal for QCS Kokoda trekkers

Information Management Branch (IMB)

duo Jim Ferguson and Russell Roos

have a $50,000 reason for completing

their trek over the 96km Kokoda Trail.

That’s the fund-raising target they

have set in their quest to help twoyear-old

congenital glaucoma sufferer

Tom Distant and the Royal Children’s

Hospital. The money will help pay

for a new paediatric ophthalmology

machine to be named in Tom’s honour.

Jim and Russell have spent the past six

months rasing money through sausage

sizzles, charity hair cuts, trivia nights,

raffles and a sponsorship walk in the

lead-up to their 10-day hike, which

commenced on June 8.

Queensland Corrective Services staff Jim Ferguson and Russell Ross fundraising

wishing to offer support can contact Jim on 3405 6265 or at James.Ferguson@

correctiveservices.qld.gov.au or Russell on 3207 6734 or at Russell.Roos@

correctiveservices.qld.gov.au Details of the trek can be found at http://

simplystated.typepad.com/trekfortom/

Prison art raises funds for charity

More than $1000 was raised for charity through the sale of prisoner artworks

during a recent exhibition staged by Prison Fellowship at the Australian Catholic

University in Brisbane. Thirty Queensland offenders submitted artworks for

the competition. This year’s theme was ‘Where Love and Justice Meet’. Prison

Fellowship Queensland Administrator Jan Davis said there were three categories

this year – drawing, painting and applied art using sculpture, woodcarving or

textiles. “The works were high standard and top honour goes to Harry Daphney

of Townsville Correctional Centre who won the painting category, Trudee Jones

from Helena Jones Centre who gained first in drawing and Donald Gilbert of

Numinbah Correctional Centre who won the applied art category,” she said.

QCS Prisoner Art Coordinator Andrea Whittaker said that, while offenders are

prohibited from profiting from the sale of artwork, they are able to choose to

donate their competition artwork, or sale proceeds, to an approved charity.

“Twenty offenders donated their art to charities, including Prison Fellowship

Australia’s Angel Tree Program and Camp Breakaway – a camp for prisoner’s

children,” Andrea said. “By donating their artworks, offenders are supporting

the community and can start to make amends for their past behaviour.”

The Queensland winners’ work will be entered in the national competition to

be held in Sydney in June. From there, winning entries will go to Toronto, where

Prison Fellowship International will be exhibiting art from prisoners from more

than 100 countries.

“Barramundi Dreaming” by Townsville Correctional Centre’s Harry Daphney was judged

best painting


FAST news

Borallon donates special gear to special students

A practical project that benefits school students, prisoners and correctional

centre management clocked up its fourth year recently when Borallon

Correctional Centre (BCC) donated a range of specially-designed products to

Ipswich Special School. BCC Program and Community Coordinator Samantha

Easterbrook said a toy mobile, outdoor art table, visual stimulation boards and

wedge trolleys were among the items donated. Offender Education, Training

and Employment Officer Fons Boots supervised the manufacture of the items

by prisoners who completed a 16-week Certificate II in Furnishing course.

BCC General Manager Troy Ittensohn said the project provided positives for all

involved. “The school gets much needed products, the students get resources

that suit their needs and the prisoners get qualifications and a sense of pride

and accomplishment that they are making a difference,” he said. “Projects

such as this have provided BCC and the prisoners with positive feedback from

the community.” Ipswich Special School Principal Peter Davis praised the work

done at BCC. “This project helps us provide excellent care and education to our

students,” he said. “The close and cooperative relationship we have with BCC

means the equipment can be made to suit the students’ individual needs.”

Left to right; Ipswich Special

School Occupational Therapist

Helen McLennan, Principal Peter

Davis, Borallon Correctional Centre

Assistant General Manager Tamara

Gacesa and General Manager Troy

Ittensohn watch Zac Condon play

with one of the donated mobiles

Law Week

Library group recognises Robyn’s role

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Academy Resource Centre Senior Library

Technician Robyn Sanders has received an award from an industry-based

support group. The Queensland One Person Australian Library (QOPAL) group

provides a network between members who are the sole professional in their

library. QOPAL recently awarded a Silver Pin to Robyn for her contribution to

the group in coordinating and hosting meetings, organising training and for

her administrative duties. As the sole library technician in the QCS Academy

Resource Centre, Robyn says she has to be multi-skilled and wear a lot of hats.

In keeping up-to-date with the way library resources can be made available,

Robyn has organised access to on-line training resources to help QCS staff with

their professional development. “Our database gives access to online research

materials relevant to many streams,” she said. “The training home page on

the Intranet also gives details on the

latest materials available from the

Resource Centre. Information can

be accessed from the QCS Intranet

page by clicking on to “Support”

and selecting the “Training” link

which will take you to the Resource

Centre’s page.”

QCS Academy’s Robyn Sanders

Last month, QCS joined national Law Week celebrations. Held from May 12–19, Law Week is an event that gives people the opportunity to learn more about the law,

the legal system and the legal profession. This year’s theme for Queensland Law Week was “Opening the doors to law”. It was the first year QCS has participated

in Law Week activities. QCS involvment included information in a Law Week education pack sent to schools across the State, particpation in the Law Week

Hypothetical court case and a display at the Brisbane Magistrates Court Open Day. The hypothetical, held at Brisbane’s Banco Court in the George St law courts

complex, was presented by Legal Aid Queensland and the Bar Association of Queensland. Panel members, including QCS Director-General Frank Rockett, guided the

audience through a scenario highlighting the many factors considered when sentencing an offender charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

On the panel for the Law Week Hypothetical, from left, Legal Aid Queensland’s Justin

Stevenson, QCS Director-General Frank Rockett and Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne

Clare

The QCS Law Week display in the Magistrates Courts complex

CN June 2007 / Page 11


FAST news

Boggo Road’s No 2 Division circa 1936. To see this and other photos of historical

significance, visit the new Queensland Corrective Services history website

History now on-line

In a case of old world meets new, the history of Queensland corrections is now

available on-line. The QCS website now chronicles the journey of corrections

in Queensland from the first settlement in 1824 through to today’s modern

system. Log on to follow the time-line, see pictures of some of Queensland’s

first prisoner barracks, hear about what “hard labour” meant in 1826, or find

out more about the history of women in corrections. Strategic Policy & Services

Principal Advisor Cheryl Hayden researched and compiled the information on

the site. It can be accessed by going to www.correctiveservices.qld.gov.au

clicking on “About Us” and selecting “History”.

Village unlocks new life for old jail

The heritage-listed No 2 Division of Boggo Road Gaol will become the focal

point of the State Government’s $50 million Boggo Road Urban Village

project. It will be retained for educational, cultural and commercial purposes.

The village will include links to the Park Road train station and the proposed

Boggo Road Busway station on the site’s northern boundary. A development

application is currently before the Brisbane City Council. If the development

is approved, the Department of Public Works, which owns the site, will call

for expressions of interest to manage the jail. Peter Lawler, from the Boggo

Road Gaol Historical Society (BRGHS), expects those negotiations to begin

in September. Interested groups, including the BRGHS, have been attending

monthly meetings. Construction of the village precinct is due to commence in

2008 with completion in 2010. Details of the project can be found online at

www.boggoroad.com.au

Pages preserve prison’s past

Escapes, executions, life behind bars and prison slang are just some of the

topics explored in a series of books written about Boggo Road Gaol. The books

were written by members of the non-profit Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society

(BRGHS). The society is closely linked to the Boggo Road Gaol Museum, which

grew from a group of former prison officers. The books sell for between $2 and

$14 and are available from the State Library of Queensland at South Bank, by

phoning 3848 1746 or by emailing brghs@optusnet.com.au. Income from the

sale of the books will help to keep the society operating while the museum is

closed during construction of the Boggo Road busway.

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A selection of the books

available from the Boggo Road

Historical Society

NAIDOC Week 2007

50 years: Looking Forward, Looking Blak

This year, the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee

(NAIDOC) celebrates 50 years of focusing community attention on Aboriginal

people. The 2007 theme 50 years: Looking Forward, Looking Blak, prompts

Australian’s to reflect on the significant contribution Indigenous Australians

have made to shape the nation.

NAIDOC Week will run from 8 to 15 July. It will be celebrated in correctional

centres across the State who will host a variety of events and invite local

Elders, other Indigenous representatives and prisoners’ families. Following

the success of last year’s near sell-out exhibition, prisoner artworks will

again be exhibited in the foyer of the State Law Building in Brisbane.

Another event highlighting Queensland’s diverse cultural makeup is

Queensland Roars Against Racism, a partnership between the State’s

favourite soccer team and Multicultural Affairs Queensland. Queensland

Roar will kick-off against South African Premier League team Supersport

United in a special anti-racism preseason match at Suncorp Stadium on 1 July.

More information about the event is available at www.mulitcultral.qld.gov.au,

with tickets available through Ticketek.

Corrections News has five family passes to the match to give away to QCS staff.

A family pass is for two adults and two children. To go into the draw, email

media@correctiveservices.qld.gov.au and tell us the theme for NAIDOC

Week 2007. Alternatively, phone Media on 3405 5391 to enter.

Entries close on 27 June. Correct entries will go into a draw and winners will

be notified on 28 June.

Perspectives

Aromatherapy for jail birds

Inmates of a Mexican jail are enjoying aromatherapy and piped classical

music as part of a novel rehabilitation programme. Prison authorities have

begun burning scented oils and playing soft music for a group of 25 “violent

and disturbed” inmates. “We play them Mozart and give them occupational

play and aroma therapies to relax them for evaluation,” said a prison

official. The group receiving the special treatment includes murderers and

rapists serving up to 40-year sentences. They will be integrated into the

mainstream prison system once they have been evaluated. Mexican jails

are among the most overcrowded and violent in the world. The Ciudad

Juarez prison, built in 1980 to house 1600 prisoners, has 4020 inmates

crammed into its cells. www.metro.co.uk

Man arrested inside prison

A man on the run from police was captured outside a prison in England

minutes after attending his brother’s wedding INSIDE the jail. The 22-yearold

man had watched his brother tie the knot at the prison chapel and was

grabbed by police seconds after he walked out through the jail’s main

gates. Officers had spotted his name on the wedding guest list, which is

routinely checked for security reasons whenever an inmate is married at

the prison chapel. They then sat in wait outside the prison for the service

to finish before pouncing. The man was wanted by police investigating an

allegation of common assault. www.metro.co.uk

Drunk motorist drives into prison

A motorist in England who followed a prison van into a jail has been arrested

for drink driving. The man was bursting for the toilet and told officers he

thought the van was a bus and that it would lead them to its depot and the

toilets he so desperately needed. The driver, and a pal in a van behind who

was driving while disqualified, both followed the prison bus down the jail

ramp and behind the prison walls. Both men face driving charges and had

their vehicles impounded. A spokesman for the Department of Corrections

said: “We’ve heard of self-surrender, but this is ridiculous. We’re now

wondering if folks can take the next step: self-booking.” www.metro.co.uk

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