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​South Coast Correctional Centre partnership provides skills and jobs

Publications date: Monday, 9 October 2017

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Aboriginal women are gaining vital skills and employment while hundreds of hungry construction workers are being fed through a unique partnership between the South Coast Correctional Centre and a Nowra-based not-for-profit organisation.

The Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation has opened the Nyully Tucker pop-up café at the South Nowra site this week, to feed the almost 200 construction staff working on the centre’s expansion.

Centre Manager of Security Ken Nicholl said it was a natural choice to collaborate with Nowra-based not-for-profit organisation Waminda to bring the project to life.

“We value the great relationship we have with the Shoalhaven community, so we are always looking for ways build to stronger ties or give something back,” Mr Nicholl said.

“We already have a dedicated community projects team that spends hundreds of hours each month doing grounds work and maintenance for local sport clubs, councils or not-for-profit organisations.

“This partnership with Waminda will provide seven full-time jobs and vital skills training to women from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, so it is something we’re enthusiastic to support.”

The six-metre portable kitchen shed will offer a healthy range of food and drinks, like honey-mustard chicken salad, smashed avocado on toast and protein shakes.

Nyully Tucker project manager Sophie Clayton said she appreciated the support from correctional centre management to launch the project.

“It has been a long-term goal of ours to run a hospitality business that serves delicious and nutritious foods, while providing Aboriginal women with ongoing employment,” Ms Clayton said.

“Nyully Tucker is not only a really good opportunity for these women, it’s a chance for the correctional centre staff to connect with the local Aboriginal community and challenge its perception of authority.”

The word Nyully means ‘food’ in the local Dharawal language and represents the idea of coming together and sharing food.
The kitchen shed is part of Waminda’s focus on pursuing social enterprise projects, which create ‘profit for a purpose’ by sustaining the organisation financially while providing valuable employment opportunities.
The centre expansion will create 360 new beds and include a new industries building and extensions of the perimeter fence, visits area, clinic and car park.