Corrective services in Derby have received a boost with the opening of the first-ever Department of Corrective Services office in the town.
The new offices were opened by Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk today, who then addressed the initial meeting of the Derby Community Reference Group.
“This is an exciting time for the Kimberley and Derby in particular,” Ms Quirk said.
“Planning for a new prison just south of the town is well under way and the Derby Community Reference Group will be instrumental in ensuring the prison is a part of the local community.”
The group consists of a number of representatives from service organisations, local businesses, community and local government, and will be chaired by Derby/West Kimberley Shire president Elsie Archer.
“I thank the members of the group for their commitment to this important project. They will be responsible for representing the interests of the whole community and helping the department keep local people informed," the Minister said.
“The office we meet in today will house local West Kimberley Regional Prison project staff and provide the focal point for locals wanting to know more about the development.”
Sharing the office with the project team will be Broome Community Justice Services staff, who will use the office on a part-time basis.
“People on community-based orders will be able to report directly to a local office, providing a real plus for the Derby community,” Ms Quirk said.
The opening of the local office follows the launch of public consultation about the prison with the local and Kimberley community. More than 70 people attended community briefings in Derby last month.
“Another group vital to the development of a new prison is the Kimberley Cultural Advisory Group, which is being created to provide cultural information essential for the prison’s design and operation,” the Minister said.
“Membership of this group will be Aboriginal men and women from across the Kimberley. Nominations for the group close on April 18.”
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