Saturday, July 13, 2024

Queensland turns blue for National Corrections Day

More than 50 Queensland buildings and public sites will tonight turn blue for National Corrections Day in recognition of the state’s correctional officers working on the front line of public safety.

The annual day celebrates the important work of Queensland’s dedicated corrective services staff and provides an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the work of these devoted public servants. 

Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan said the work of all QCS staff helps keep communities safe.

“Queensland Corrective Services manage some of the most complex and challenging people in our society, and greatly help to reduce crime and improve community safety,” Minister Ryan said.

“From community corrections to custodial operations, alongside specialist services and frontline support – all pillars of the organisation work together to strengthen and grow QCS.

“Today, we celebrate our teams, including those who provide for the safety and security of correctional facilities, psychological support, offender rehabilitation and supervision, and education and training.”

The Minister said more than 6,500 QCS officers and support staff from correctional centres, community corrections offices and work camps help to manage and rehabilitate offenders, while also contributing to better outcomes for the community.

Last financial year, offenders supervised under QCS’ community corrections programs performed a total of 136,199 hours of community service.

All work undertaken amounted to more than $3.8 million worth of labour to assist with infrastructure and maintenance in communities around Queensland.

Much of this work involved sandbagging to assist emergency services and volunteers in times of disaster.

“It is this innovative and collaborative approach to corrections that puts QCS at the cutting edge of corrective services across the nation,” Mr Ryan said.

“Our correctional officers work every day to make Queensland safe for everyone, and it is wonderful to see them recognised on National Corrections Day.”

QCS Commissioner Paul Stewart APM said National Corrections Day provided an opportunity to celebrate the often-unsung work of officers in Queensland and across Australia.

“National Corrections Day raises awareness about the critical work of correctional officers on the front line of public safety,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“This year’s theme of Collaborative Corrections is most fitting as we recognise the partnerships with our local and regional councils, fellow public safety agencies, community organisations and other state government stakeholders.

“I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our officers for the difference they make in our community and the dedication, commitment and passion they demonstrate not only to the organisation, but to the people of Queensland.

“By working together, we are one step closer to achieving our common goal of creating safer and stronger communities.”

Below is a list of some locations lighting up in blue this evening to acknowledge the work of QCS this National Corrections Day:

Cairns Regional Council
-Cairns Court House Gallery (20 January)

North and North West Queensland
Burdekin Shire Council
-Colouring water fountain in Queen Street, Ayr blue

 Flinders Shire Council
-Diggers Entertainment Centre (16 Jan – 23 Jan)

McKinlay Shire Council
-Water Tower  

Townsville City Council
-Townsville Sign
-Victoria Bridge
-Wharton Reef Lighthouse
-George Roberts Bridge
-Old Magistrates Court House
-Flinders Square
-Little Fletcher Bridge
-Central Park Boardwalk
-Qld Country Bank Stadium

Hinchinbrook Shire Council (Ingham)
-Rotary Park fountain, Ingham

Central Queensland
Barcaldine Regional Council
-Tree of Knowledge Memorial

Livingstone Shire Council
-Singing Ship at Emu Park
-Yeppoon Beachfront stage area
-Wreck Point Lookout, Cooee Bay
-Keppel Sands foreshore

 Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
-Blackall Memorial Park

Rockhampton Regional Council
 Rockhampton Heritage Façade, Quay and Denham Street

Gladstone Regional Council
-101 Goondoon Street Building

Central Highlands Regional Council
-Emerald Council office building 

Darling Downs South West Queensland
Toowoomba Regional Council
 -Victoria Street Bridge, Victoria Street, Toowoomba
-The Annex (rear of Toowoomba Regional Council City Hall), Ruthven Street, Toowoomba

Quilpie Shire Council
-Quilpie’s “Baldy Top”

Western Downs Regional Council
-Charles Drew Bridge
-Corporate Office (Western Downs Regional Council)
-Chinchilla Bridge

Southern Downs Regional Council
-Warwick Townhall

Wide Bay-Burnett
Fraser Coast Regional Council 
– Maryborough City Hall;
-The fig trees on the Hervey Bay Esplanade

Bundaberg Regional Council
-Bundaberg’s historic fig trees on Walker Street

Gympie Regional Council
-Smithfield Street

South Burnett Regional Council 
Peanut silos in Kingaroy

South East Queensland
Brisbane City Council
-Story Bridge
-Victoria Bridge
-The Reddacliff and Tropical Dome sculptures

 Moreton Bay Regional Council
-MBRC Caboolture Administration Building
-Redcliffe Administration Building
-Humpybong Fountain

Redland City Council
-Cleveland Lighthouse

Sunshine Coast Council
-Simpson Street Rest area carpark (Station Tree Up Lights), Beerwah
-Lake Kawana Boulevarde Bridges, Bokarina
-Buderim Village Park, Buderim
-Bulcock Street Catenary Lights, Caloundra
-Water fountains, Kings Beach
-Ocean Street Up Lights, Maroochydore
-Sun Central, Maroochydore
-Mayes Canal Pedestrian Bridge, Maroochydore
-Sippy downs Entry Statement, Sippy Downs
-City Hall, Maroochydore City Centre.

Gold Coast City Council
-Isle of Capri Bridge
-Surfers Paradise Sign
-Broadbeach sign

Ipswich City Council
Façade of 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

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