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Glen Innes prison staff and inmates make a farmer’s year

Published date: Friday 5 October 2018

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A Northern Tablelands farmer has thanked Glen Innes Correctional Centre officers and inmates for providing him with much-needed farm maintenance after the drought and a series of health problems meant it fell by the wayside.

Inverell farmer Wayne Lowe said the assistance from the centre has been a huge blessing, with staff and inmates feeding ewes, measuring damaged fencing for replacement and cleaning out feed troughs.

“I can’t express how grateful I am for their support and was so impressed by how polite, respectful and helpful the inmates were,” Mr Lowe said.

“This is a huge job for me, and so when the team came out here to help, they picked it up quickly and just got on with the jobs with no dramas whatsoever.

“I really am just so thankful.”

Corrective Services NSW Overseer Craig Smith said the work involved doing a round-trip of 240km daily – but it was well worth the effort.

“As a farmer myself, I understand the challenges that are beyond one’s control and this drought is one of those things you can’t prepare for,” Mr Smith said.

“I came up with the idea to assist our farmers by providing this labour to hopefully help them back on track and to show them they aren’t alone in this.”

The Glen Innes project is one of many statewide initiatives planned by our correctional centres to offer assistance to farmers through our Community Project Teams.