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Published Date: Wednesday 30 January 2019
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Local organisations have praised the work of Wagga Wagga Corrective Services staff as part of National Corrections Day, which was held on Friday 18 January.
About 50 people from the city’s community groups attended a morning tea to celebrate Corrective Services NSW’s joint community-service projects, which involve offenders on court orders completing unpaid work for the local community.
Wagga Wagga Community Corrections Manager Paul Bonnett said it was nice to receive such positive feedback about the community-service projects team.
“We have many partnerships with our community and it’s great to know that our hard work is making a difference to local agencies, groups and charities,” Mr Bonnett said.
"Each partnership is unique and provides a rewarding experience for offenders.
“They do everything from graffiti removal, to grounds maintenance, and even knit blankets using materials provided by the Salvation Army to donate to people escaping domestic violence, experiencing homelessness or other difficult situations.”
Kerry Phelan from Illabo Motorsport Park attended the event to thank the team for the work they have done creating a multi-purpose vintage car speedway and racetrack.
“The idea for this project started from scratch with a blank piece of paper over four years ago. Since then this piece of paper has grown into a non-profit agency worth about $200,000 and the Motorsport Park has brought in over $250,000 worth of tourism and economy to the Junee Shire,” Mr Phelan said.
“None of this would be possible without the help and labour from Community Corrections.”
Hunter Doughty from Wagga Horse Trials has been working with Community Corrections for a year, with offenders providing grounds maintenance at the site.
“Our association with Corrective Services NSW has been a lifeline to our small club and something we enjoy being involved with. We hope this relationship continues to the benefit of the community and the club for many years to come.”
National Corrections Day was an opportunity for correctional staff to be recognised for the work they do rehabilitating offenders and keeping the community safe.