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​Offenders fast track raceway clean up

Published date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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The operators of a popular South Coast speedway have praised the efforts of a group of people on court-ordered community service, who have given the 57-year-old dirt track a revamp. 

The 10 offenders supervised by Corrective Services NSW staff have spent 200 hours removing old tyres and fallen trees at the Moruya Speedway, a 460-metre track located on Donnelly Drive near the airport. 

Speedway Secretary Kay Nash said the men have a done an “awesome” job. 

“We don’t have the resources to maintain the facility so we’re very thankful for this partnership with Batemans Bay Community Corrections,” Ms Nash said. 

“The removal of trees from grandstands has made it safer for spectators and increased the facility’s accessible area.” 

Monthly car racing competitions are held at the speedway between December and June. 

Offenders work every Sunday including during the off-season. 

CSNSW Community Corrections administration assistant Sue-Ann McNeil said community service helped people develop skills and repay the community. 

“Offenders learn to take pride in their work especially when they are assisting an organisation in their own community,” Ms McNeil said. 

“Two offenders previously under our supervision started their own gardening businesses after gaining skills during community service.” 

Batemans Bay Community Corrections staff supervise around 60 offenders on community-based orders, who need to complete between 50 and 750 hours of community service. 

The men and women are involved in cleaning, grounds maintenance, painting or building maintenance for various community groups. 

If Batemans Bay Community Corrections can assist your not-for-profit or sporting organisation, please contact the team on batemanbay-cos@justice.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 4472 4987.