Leaders in corrections: Partners
in criminal and social justice
Probation and Parole graduations
2007–08 State Budget highlights
Gatehouse staff set the standard
Brisbane Correctional Centre
Lotus Glen prepares
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 and Parole Reporting Officer Development Program May 25 graduates
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
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
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
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
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.
The graduates during their training;
fire extinguisher training… …in discussion during a course module… …completing urinalysis training… …at work in the classroom
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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
$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
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.
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”
The plan sets the direction for the Agency’s ICT for the next four
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
“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
Increased funding for rehabilitation programs and increased supervision
of offenders living in the community
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It starts in the gatehouse
A visits day is a hectic and often stressful time for staff in any
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
• 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
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
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
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
“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
Centre Services Manager Brad Kidd; raising the bar on
CCO David Fisher; trialling a prototype of a new equipment vest
designed and manufactured by Woodford CC Industries
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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
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
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
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
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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.
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://
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
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
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
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
The QCS Law Week display in the Magistrates Courts complex
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
email@example.com 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.
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