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									                     In the spotlight

If that

                                                             could talk…

As the Department continues to reshape itself to better reflect and
implement the priorities of modern government and community
expectations, our past is rapidly becoming “history”.
While we have recently completed a review of our business model,
Palen Creek Correctional Centre is approaching its 70th anniversary,                  Superseded 1930s prisoner accommodation at the foothills of Mt Lindesay - now used
                                                                                      variously for a barbers shop, leadlighting and other arts and crafts
and a sift through some of its memorabilia is an intriguing adventure.
                                                Of obvious prominence is the centre’s cattle breeding prowess, evidenced by an impressive collection of
                                                show ribbons, trophies, pedigree certificates and photographs featuring champion stock.
                                                The collection also contains a herd register from the 1930s and a book of branding symbols – thousands
                                                of them. Correctional operations also feature.
                                                The centre still has a number of muster books from the 1930s and 40s, which not only record the names
                                                and daily assignments of each prisoner, but also note the weather conditions; a betrayal, perhaps, of
                                                its focus on farming. Other items, such as a tug-of-war trophy, give a clue as to the centre’s ongoing
                                                participation in the local community.
                                                In terms of physical structures, there is little left at Palen Creek to remind us of the days when it became the
                                                first correctional centre in Australia to allow prisoners open custody in return for a promise not to escape.
                                                On the hill above the current duty room, however, are two of the original prisoners’ huts, the size of which
                                                bring to mind the sentry boxes at Buckingham Palace. There’s a third hut on display at the Rathdowney
                                                museum which, furnished with bed and chair, demonstrates the austere living conditions prisoners
                                                endured at the time.
                                                As you wander around Palen Creek, the most difficult thing to ignore is the hulking presence of an ever-
Palen Creek staff, from left, Payroll Officer   watchful Mt Lindesay which, when you turn suddenly, is unexpectedly there, right in front of you. Craggy
Sheryl Brett-Jenyns, Administrative Officer     and foreboding, it seems to guard the valley, which is truly a little piece of paradise.
Jane Stanton and Business Services
Adviser Vicki White with trophies and other     It’s easy to believe that, while the musty boxes of memorabilia can’t tell us everything about life at Palen
memorabilia collected during the past           Creek in days gone by, Mt Lindesay remembers it all.
seven decades

                                                      70 years
                                                                                                                         Blast from the past
   Palen celebrates

Palen Creek Correctional Centre celebrates its 70th birthday next month. In 1944, on its 10th birthday, the centre was seen as one of the jewels in
the Queensland prison system’s crown. Here is an extract taken from the Annual Report of the Comptroller-General of Prisons for that year:
“Since its establishment on the 6th December, 1934, hundreds of acres have been cleared by the prisoners, who built the offices, stores, quarters
and industrial buildings with the timber from the sawmill erected by them. Now herds of stud Jersey dairy cattle feed on the rich meadows.
During 1944, the daily average number of prisoners was 25.95; the greatest number at one time having been 48, and the lowest 17. During the
year an additional area of 105 acres was transferred from the Moreton Rabbit Board to the Prison Reserve.
At the commencement of the year, there were 60 sheep and during the year 25 lambs were born. In October, 530lb of wool was forwarded to
the Department of Agriculture and Stock for disposal. During the year 64 pigs were reared. A small quantity of honey was again gathered from
the hives.
At the end of the year the number of poultry was 122. Sale of eggs realised £8 0s. 9d which is encouraging. Twenty acres of scrub was felled
during the year, burnt, and planted with corn; pumpkin and Rhodes grass seeds were sown. In addition to 6,120lb. of vegetables produced and
issued as prisoners rations, there was sufficient for the staff, also a surplus of potatoes, cabbages, and turnips was sold to other institutions
for £63 12s.
Included in the value of work performed by prisoners during 1944 was produce and farming £2,006 5s; dairy £735 3s; improvements and repairs,
£731 15s; clearing and fencing, £172 7s; and sawmill £477.”

Page 10 / CN November 2004
Integration: working smarter, working together

   IOMS forum launched
    IOMS has launched a web-based discussion forum to help staff access information
    relating to Integrated Offender Management and how it may affect them.
    The forum coincides with the roll out of the IOMS Procedural Changes Training that
    is currently being held across the State.
    IOMS Implementation Project Manager Jae Lancaster said the procedural changes
    training was likely to provoke discussion amongst staff about IOMS and its
    pending implementation.
    She said questions posted on the forum would be answered by moderators
    who have been selected for their expertise in different operational areas of the
    Department .
    “When staff post questions, the appropriate moderator will prepare a response
    and post this response with the question onto the Intranet for staff to access,”
    she said.                                                                                The Department’s IOMS Discussion Forum moderators are, back from left,
                                                                                             Deborah Coop, Russell Turner, Louise Kneeshaw, Keiren Bennett, and front,
    “This discussion forum will not only allow staff to ask questions and share              Jae Lancaster, Julie Burton, Vicki Parker and Sherry Tusler
    information with other staff, but is a way for the IOMS project to transfer knowledge
    to staff within each of the directorates.
    “This is just one of the many activities that will ensure that the Department is fully ‘across’ Integrated Offender Management and can be self
    sufficient once the IOMS project comes to a close.”
    The IOMS discussion forum can be accessed via the IOMS homepage at http://intranet/dcs3/ioms/index.shtml or via the staff/DCS discussion
    groups link at
    The IOMS project has also put together a quick step guide to “Getting Started” on the IOMS discussion forum. First-time users can access this
    guide via the IOMS homepage.

    Frequently asked questions on line
    IOMS Training Officers Jim Sachs and Priscilla Berry have been               What is different about IOM in relation to sentence management?
    delivering IOMS Procedural Changes Training across the Department            Offender’s with a management plan retain the same plan throughout
    over the past month and have received positive feedback about                their entire correctional episode. This means that staff from
    how the training demonstrates the way the department will manage             Community Corrections are likely to be involved in the review of plans
    offenders in the future.                                                     for custodial offenders, particularly as they near the point of transition
    Being the face of IOMS, Jim and Priscilla have been asked a number of        to community supervision. Many sentence management processes
    questions which the IOMS project have responded to and placed on             will also use automated workflows to facilitate the timely verification
    the Intranet for staff.                                                      and approval of documents.
    These FAQs are located on the IOMS homepage at http://intranet/              How will staff know what to do differently when we move to IOM?
    dcs3/ioms/staffinfo/si_faq.shtml and will be updated on a monthly            It is anticipated that a number of workshops will be undertaken in the
    basis. Any questions that tend to feature regularly in the IOMS              new year to introduce certain departmental staff to the key process
    discussion forum will also be added to the FAQ list.                         changes. During the workshops, these staff will have an opportunity to
    Some of the FAQs include:                                                    identify the current process and review the new process to see exactly
    How will sentence management staff deal with questions from                  what has changed and understand what people need to do differently
    offenders about their movement between offender management                   when IOM/IOMS is introduced. Documentation is also currently being
    groups?                                                                      prepared by the IOMS project to map or flowchart these key process
    Offender management groups are sets of planning guidelines to
    assist staff in determining appropriate management strategies for            How is the Department going to switch over to IOMS?
    various offenders. The selection of a group is based on assessment           There will be a date on which the Department will switch over to
    of a number of factors including community risk, responsivity factors,       integrated offender management and “switch on” the IOMS computer
    order type, sentence length, intervention needs and functional               system. This big bang approach needs to be adopted so that data can
    support needs. Prescribed requirements of a CBO or PPCBRO will also          be migrated from CIS into IOMS at one time. Staff will be prepared for
    assist in determining an offender’s group. It is important for staff to      this cut over and certain activities will need to be undertaken to ensure
    remember and advise offenders that they are not being assigned to            a smooth transition. Update access to CIS during the changeover
    a group, rather, one set of guidelines is more appropriate for their         period will be restricted to ensure the accuracy and integrity of
    circumstances than another. Changes to offender management groups            information migrated to IOMS. IMB will install the IOMS software on
    depend on further assessments of offenders’ progress with planned            all computers automatically, so that it is ready for use by staff on the
    intervention.                                                                switch over date

                                                 For further information about Integrated Offender Management
            IOMS Project Manager Michael Airton Ph 3239 0644                                        Email
            IOMS Implementation Project Manager Jae Lancaster Ph 3239 0198                          Or go to http://intranet/dcs3/ioms/index.shtml

                                                                                                                                  CN November 2004 / Page 11

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