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Wagga offenders give local facility a new coat of paint

Published date: Monday 1 July 2019

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People on court-ordered community work in Wagga Wagga are upgrading a beloved youth facility by repainting ageing walls, doors and ceilings of the PCYC.

The group of six offenders have spent about 300 hours in the past two months repainting the PCYC’s activities hall, foyer, staircase, toilets and kitchen, under the supervision of Community Corrections officers.

Corrective Services NSW Community Service Organiser Rosie Coghlan said the program helped people on community-based court orders develop a positive work ethic while giving back to their area.

“It’s important that we not only supervise the quality of their work but assist them to take pride in what they are doing,” Ms Coghlan said.

“Field Officer Simon Gulliford has done a great job teaching the group new skills, including painting tri-coloured walls, cutting-in around edges and maintaining paint equipment.”

PCYC Manager Brett Somerville said the project was a win-win for everyone.

“Applying for grants for a new building is a long process but thanks to this partnership with Wagga Wagga Community Corrections we’ve received a revamped facility,” Mr Somerville said.

“Many schools and community groups use this building so it’s great that they will soon enjoy this upgrade.”

The project is expected to be completed in August.