New virtual experience – take a look inside Maryborough Correctional Centre
For the first time, members of the public can see what life is like behind the wire at Maryborough Correctional Centre through an interactive virtual experience.
Maryborough is the first centre in the state to offer a digital walkthrough of this nature to coincide with its 20th year of operation.
General Manager Chief Superintendent Kris Winter said it was important to acknowledge the work of staff and officers working on the frontline of public safety.
“This virtual experience is about showing the different kinds of work officers do every day to address offending behaviour and improve the vocational and life skills of prisoners to assist in their rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community,” Chief Superintendent Winter said.
From Visits Processing to the role of Dog Squad Officers and how prison mail is processed, people are taken on a journey through different areas of the correctional centre as part of the digital experience with just a few clicks.
“And for those who are considering a career in corrections, they will get to hear from officers about what it is like working in a high pressure environment to ensure the Queensland community is safe,” Chief Superintendent Winter said.
The walkthrough allows the public digital access into Secure, listen about the role of a Cultural Liaison Officer and what happens inside the Gatehouse as well as get a sneak peek inside a prison kitchen – amplified by ambient sounds.
“Working in a correctional centre is undoubtedly challenging but it is also a very rewarding career, and I am incredibly proud of our officers for the work they do to build safer communities.”
You can view the full interactive digital experience here: Virtual Tour | Queensland Corrective Services (corrections.qld.gov.au)
Explainer/fast fact and or further information:
• About 2000 meals are prepared each day in the prison kitchen. In a year about 730,000 meals are prepared
• Between 20 and 30 prisoners are processed through the reception store each day for admissions, dischargers, transfers and court video links
• Each day more than 200 people move through the gatehouse
• 300 officers work at Maryborough Correctional Centre
• Maryborough Correctional Centre was commissioned on 16 April 2003
• In March 2003, more than 10,000 people got a rare glimpse inside Maryborough Correctional Centre and walked through the visits area, secure and residential accommodation blocks and the education building as part of a special Open Day event.
• Prisoners at the Maryborough Correctional Centre support the Fraser Coast Regional Council each year by producing sandbags in readiness for storm season. Over 6000 sandbags have been filled and provided to the Council to support SES activities when responding to major weather events.
• For more information about Queensland Corrective Services and to find out how to join the front line public safety agency head to: Careers | Queensland Corrective Services (corrections.qld.gov.au)