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CSNSW initiative leads offenders down the right path restoring Aboriginal mural

Published date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

An Armidale Community Corrections initiative has led a crew of eight male offenders to help rejuvenate the grounds and mural at an important Indigenous cultural centre, as it marks its 30th year next month in the state’s northern region. 

Case Manager Cyril Green said the Armidale Aboriginal Culture Centre & Keeping Place was not only culturally significant to the local Gumbaynggirr and Anaiwan peoples, but to the wider community as an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture.
“We approached the cultural centre and offered to bring a small group of men to repaint the mural and do grounds maintenance, which we did over two weeks,” Mr Green said. 

Armidale Aboriginal Culture Centre & Keeping Place mural — Image courtesy of Corrective Services NSW 

“Offenders contributed well to this project, which was especially important as several offenders were Aboriginal. 

“The work was well received by both the offenders and the Keeping Place, and the resulting work has greatly improved the appearance of the centre.” 

Armidale Community Corrections Acting Manager Kira Turley said it was one of several initiatives to engage the Aboriginal community by supporting links to culture at every available opportunity. 

“We’re striving to create greater community-service work opportunities in our local area to increase its availability as a sentencing option and to support offenders to give back to our area in a way they can be proud of,” Ms Turley said. 

“Offenders are carefully assessed for appropriate placement and are supervised for the duration of their hours, both in terms of work and behaviour.” 

Community Corrections supervises around 4,600 offenders on court-ordered community-work, who provide more than $10 million worth of assistance for 1,600 non-profit organisations across the state.