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Bimberi – no holiday camp

By Gungahlin Al - 5 September 2008 51

While everyone else was tucking into lunch at the Bimberi opening ceremony, I ducked off to take some pictures.

While the common areas look on a par with our newer schools, and Gungahlin finally has a heated indoor pool (not that we can use it), the living quarters tell another story. Especially the so called “Safe Room” – I’m sure even the law-and-enthusiasts on RA would appreciate that is not going to be a great place to spend a while…

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Bimberi – no holiday camp
nikkinini 3:01 pm 06 Sep 08

My understanding is the safe room is an option in an extreme circumstance, where it offers a ‘safe space’. I don’t think it will be used on a daily basis and I don’t think the majority of people at the detention centre will ever even use it. I think history has shown that locking kids up and treating them like criminals simply reinforces what had led them to commit crime in the first place – that they are of little value and are better locked out of sight. I’m sure this centre has been built with consideration to all of the knowledge and research that has been put into this area. I’m really proud that the ACT is leading the world with this centre. Being a child and being locked up every night all by yourself isn’t taken lightly. Anyone that indicates they would ‘book in’ for anyone period of time obviously takes their liberty far too lightly. If you would trade the ability to walk to the shops, sit and read a book when you feel like it, walk around the lake, eat your lunch when you wish, even go to bed when you want to – for a pool and a basketball court, I think you should take a long hard look at yourself!

Deadmandrinking 12:30 pm 06 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

Bimberi – no holiday camp

What crack have you been smoking Al – for f**k sake!? That place looks plenty better than most private schools in Canberra and fifty times better than many folks rentals.

I’ve always been a law abiding citizen, but had I not just bought a place, and if I was a minor I’d seriously consider some bad behaviour to go in and make some new mates by the pool or while playing basketball – who says white men can’t jump?!

Oh, it’s sooooo unfair, isn’t it? I mean, you NEVER get rewarded for good behavior in society…Going through high-school, college, uni, CIT, whatever – the only reason you’re really doing that is to be locked up somewhere that has basketball court and a pool. Then these criminals, they get locked up for free! Oh! The injustice!

Whatsup 12:22 pm 06 Sep 08

That’s not… Not That’t. Oops !

Whatsup 12:20 pm 06 Sep 08

Sammy said :

So you all think that the best way to rehabilitate young offenders is to deprive them of all their liberties, make their lives a living hell, and abuse the hell out of them?

Nope, that’t not what I think at all.

rosie_bubz 11:47 am 06 Sep 08

Sammy said :

So you all think that the best way to rehabilitate young offenders is to deprive them of all their liberties, make their lives a living hell, and abuse the hell out of them? Do you think that’ll turn them back into well-rounded young humans?

This is a juvenile justice centre. These people are young, and this is the time when we have the best chance of rehabilitating them. I’m happy to let the people who know more than me about rehabilitating criminals (and I know squat) do what they need to do to hopefully achieve the best possible outcomes for these young offenders.

I’m sure when they sat down and designed this place, they used previous outcomes and experience from other centres when they made decisions about what facilities should be provided. If i’m wrong, then I despair, but I suspect i’m not.

well said, it just seems unjust that these law breakers get a better deal than plenty of hardworking, law abiding canberrans. However that said, we dont know how it will operate or how they will be treated etc

Sammy 11:22 am 06 Sep 08

So you all think that the best way to rehabilitate young offenders is to deprive them of all their liberties, make their lives a living hell, and abuse the hell out of them? Do you think that’ll turn them back into well-rounded young humans?

This is a juvenile justice centre. These people are young, and this is the time when we have the best chance of rehabilitating them. I’m happy to let the people who know more than me about rehabilitating criminals (and I know squat) do what they need to do to hopefully achieve the best possible outcomes for these young offenders.

I’m sure when they sat down and designed this place, they used previous outcomes and experience from other centres when they made decisions about what facilities should be provided. If i’m wrong, then I despair, but I suspect i’m not.

Whatsup 11:06 am 06 Sep 08

Wide Boy Jake said :

Strange how the swimming pool at the Bidura juvenile justice centre on the central coast of NSW had to be filled in a few years back after revelations of lax discipline made the news, yet here in Canberra we have a centre which is even cushier. Something is not quite right here . . .

Just because the pool is there it doesn’t mean the residents will have free access to it when ever they want.

Wide Boy Jake 10:55 am 06 Sep 08

Strange how the swimming pool at the Bidura juvenile justice centre on the central coast of NSW had to be filled in a few years back after revelations of lax discipline made the news, yet here in Canberra we have a centre which is even cushier. Something is not quite right here . . .

Jorge 10:39 am 06 Sep 08

If I was a crook, I’d like to be locked up in Canberra.

tylersmayhem 8:46 am 06 Sep 08

Bimberi – no holiday camp

What crack have you been smoking Al – for f**k sake!? That place looks plenty better than most private schools in Canberra and fifty times better than many folks rentals.

I’ve always been a law abiding citizen, but had I not just bought a place, and if I was a minor I’d seriously consider some bad behaviour to go in and make some new mates by the pool or while playing basketball – who says white men can’t jump?!

rosie_bubz 8:38 am 06 Sep 08

hmmm doesnt really seem fair that they should be living better than some avergae people…
but what can you do – thats the way it always seems to go.

DJ 8:09 am 06 Sep 08

What a crock. Excitement? Phfft. Please give back the tax $ and give them good hard honest work to do. Might even make them better people…. but I doubt it.

utah 3:22 am 06 Sep 08

I’ll second Granny’s excitement about it – it looks really nice, and the swimming pool and gym are very convenient.

Does anyone know what the rent’s like, as my lease is coming to an end.

Granny 1:58 am 06 Sep 08

I am actually quite excited about it – I think it’s a fantastic facility. I do wonder how long they make them stay in the safe room though. That would drive me crazy in less than hour.

bd84 10:35 pm 05 Sep 08

Looks cosy to me, in better condition than the majority of schools. Probably means they need to put more money into school facilities..

The rooms are probably better than those at their place too, though they probably have all the mod cons at home of the stuff they’ve nicked from everyone lol.

I have no idea why they require a heated pool or indoor basketball courts. They shouldn’t have luxuries that the average person does not get or have access to.

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