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​​Central West organisations receive helping hand from inmates

Issued: Wednesday 19 October 2016

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A team of 10 minimum-security inmates from Wellington Correctional Centre has donated close to 4,500 hours on community projects in the past financial year.

The centre provides inmates with the opportunity to assist with projects required by a number of local organisations including the Western Plains Regional Council, Wellington Race Club and Wellington Caves Complex.

Inmates relocating a lizard display at Wellington Caves Complex

Corrective Services NSW Community Projects Overseer Tim Parker said the program began in June last year and continued to evolve and grow.

“The projects provide inmates with the opportunity to learn valuable skills and work ethic as well as enable the offenders to make a contribution to the community,” Mr Parker said.

“Inmates gain a sense of self-respect and connectedness to the community through the work.

“March was our busiest month in the past financial year with 642 hours of work undertaken by our team. April was not far behind with 555 hours.”

Some of the recent projects undertaken by the team include:

  • Wellington township – Rubbish removal, mowing and spot cleaning;
  • Cameron, Pioneer and Kennard parks – Rubbish removal and preparation for concreting for the Memorial to the Victims of Domestic Violence;
  • Local churches – Mowing and gardening;
  • Wellington Race Club – Painting, cleaning and venue preparation for large events, removal of old fencing and clean-up following events;
  • River reserves – Rubbish removal and mowing;
  • Wellington Caves Complex – Removal of old lighting, relocation of a lizard display, weed control, maintenance of pathways, laying of bluestone in garden beds and the car park area and removal of old water mains;
  • Wellington Golf Club – Storm and flood debris clean-up, gardening and mowing;
  • Mount Arthur Reserve – Track maintenance, shelter repairs and removal of old fencing; and
  • Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services – Cleaning sheds.
Inmates mowing and rubbish removal at Wellington Township

Overseer Tim Parker said their team frequently receives positive feedback from the local community.

“I love the work I do so receiving letters of appreciation is a great reward,” Mr Parker said.

“It’s wonderful to see the results and satisfaction from everyone involved.”