A new $1.5 million purpose-built Probation and Parole office has officially opened at Southport.
Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan says the new building will ensure offenders on probation or parole in the northern Gold Coast will be given the best possible chance at rehabilitation.
“The Government made a commitment that we will continue to drive towards enhanced community safety through investment in our frontline services including probation and parole,” Minister Ryan said.
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“The new Southport Probation and Parole facility has been designed to ensure the infrastructure not only supports the case management of offenders but allows for external providers to deliver services to offenders, all collectively working together to help offenders break the cycle of crime.
Minister Ryan said the 39 probation and parole staff currently located at Southport do an outstanding job at keeping our community safe.
“The reality is that most individuals who commit a crime at some point will be released back into our communities, and it is our job to reduce the risk of these people from reoffending,” he said.
The new office covers Upper Coomera in the north, west to Tamborine Mountain and Numinbah Valley, south to Hooker Boulevard and east to the Pacific shoreline.