​Offenders doing community work

After spending more than 12 months cleaning and maintaining Gosford train station, offenders in the community have extended their services further up the Newcastle line to Morisset. Their work is part of a pilot between CSNSW and Transport NSW TrainLink. The successful pilot could potentially stretch down to the Sydney rail network.

Every Saturday morning Community Corrections Field Officer Andrew Collison supervises offenders doing community work at Gosford train station.

"In March 2014, Hunter/Central Coast Community Corrections formalised its partnership with NSW TrainLink by signing a Service Level Agreement," Andrew said.

"More than 14 offenders serving community orders have dedicated 1,000 hours to improving public amenities, removing graffiti, sharps and weeds, as well as building retaining walls and gardens.

"They've injected more than $17,000 worth of work. Locals can see the offenders regularly giving back to the community in a useful and constructive way."

Scott Ferguson from Transport NSW TrainLink said the government agency is thankful for the work.

"The feedback from commuters has been very positive," Mr Ferguson said. "It's been a positive contribution to the local community without impacting on Transport NSW employees

"It's improved the sense of safety at our stations and Transport NSW TrainLink looks forward to working on future projects with CSNSW."