The community will be engaged in a consultation process on the planned Derby prison under a plan announced today by Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk
Ms Quirk told Parliament that two special community groups would be established to provide advice to the Department of Corrective Services about the cultural requirements of the future prison population and to inform Derby locals about the new development.
“The time is now right to engage the community in a meaningful and constructive dialogue on the impact and implications of the new prison,” the Minister said.
“The first group, the Kimberley Cultural Advisory Group, will reflect the requirements of the facility to be culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of a predominately Aboriginal prison population.
“This group will provide advice on cultural protocols, local practices and culturally appropriate services and programs.”
Ms Quirk said the group would comprise three members of the Kimberley Aboriginal Land and Cultural Centre and two Aboriginal representatives, one male and female, from the following areas: Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra, Wyndham, Derby and Broome. Its terms of reference would be reviewed annually.
The second group, the Derby Community Reference Group, would focus on the need to inform Derby residents of the development and to consider ways in which they could positively contribute to the new facility.
“This group will consider the impact of the new prison in relation to employment, visitors and staff housing, as well as the development of opportunities for positive interactions between prisoners and the community,” the Minister said.
“Importantly, this will include work opportunities for prisoners. Membership will be 50/50 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
“The representatives will comprise nominated members from the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, Chamber of Commerce, women’s groups, Aboriginal service agencies and the Aboriginal Justice Agreement group.
“A number of positions will be filled via expressions of interest, as well as representatives from the Department of Corrective Services and the Cultural Advisory Group. As with the Cultural Advisory Group, the terms of reference will be reviewed annually to allow the group to meet the outcomes and needs of the project.”
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