25 January, 2024

Council buildings turn blue for a worthy cause

The City of Moreton Bay administration building in Caboolture lit up blue last Friday night, as part of National Corrections Day.

Council buildings turn blue for a worthy cause - feature photo

It was amongst more than 50 Queensland landmarks to light up blue on this night, to recognise the contributions of corrective services officers in Queensland and across the country.

Now, in its eighth year, the event is held on the third Friday of each January.

The Redcliffe administration building was another Moreton landmark to light up in blue, in addition to numerous Council buildings state-wide.

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Commissioner Paul Stewart APM said it was a day to shine a spotlight on the work done across the state by QCS’s officers on the front line of public safety.

“Together, our officers, address criminal behaviour and boost community safety,” he said.

“Whether they are custodial correctional officers, community corrections specialists, trade and educational instructors, dog squad officers, psychologists, counsellors, cultural liaison officers, or administrative officers, they all share the common mission of reducing crime through the effective rehabilitation of off enders.

“And while they are focusing on community safety, it is only right that QCS is focusing on their wellbeing. Mr Stewart also noted how challenging and dangerous the role could be.

“At times their work exposes them to incidents that are confronting and sometimes even dangerous, while managing some of the state’s most complex and challenging people,” he said.

“We thank them for their commitment to a hard job that many people simply could not do.”

North Coast Community Corrections Regional Manager, Fiona Southey, said the staging of the event in January provided the chance to “reflect on the past year” and “acknowledge unsung heroes”.

“National Corrections Day is about raising awareness of the critical work our officers do on the front line,” she said.

“This day gives us the chance to acknowledge the work they do, not just for the Corrective Services, but the whole community.”

Ms Southey also said Corrective Services provided community service workers to organisations, such as Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army.


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