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​Helping out while school's out

School's out but not for minimum security inmates at South Coast Correctional Centre - they've spent the holidays gardening and doing building maintenance work at four local schools.

Five inmates have dedicated 210 hours over seven days at Shoalhaven High, Warrawong High, Bomaderry High School and North Nowra Public School.

They painted doors as well as laid down mulch, pruned and planted trees, and did other garden maintenance work.

Corrective Services Overseer Community Projects, Robert Duff, who co-ordinates the work and supervises the inmates, said they feel privileged to be improving school gardens and play areas.

"No matter what we do or where we work they're always happy to assist," he said. "It's a good opportunity for them to give back to the community and help our local schools out."