Publication date: Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Minister for Corrections David Elliott visited the Community Corrections Office in Hornsby on Thursday to thank Corrective Services NSW staff and offenders in the community for their work supporting the NSW Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL).
Since November 2015, offenders serving community orders have been assembling commemorative badges for the RSL. The partnership has saved the RSL nearly $60,000, money that can instead be used to provide support services for serving and returned Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. The RSL's services include support for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, accommodating homeless veterans and providing 'comfort parcels' for deployed members of the ADF.
Community Corrections Manager Dan Mulvany praised his team – Belinda Clark in particular – for initiating the partnership with the RSL. The partnership helps offenders who cannot do manual labour because of a medical condition or an injury complete their community-based orders.
"The feedback from offenders has been really positive," Mr Mulvany said. "They say they're proud to be involved in a 'meaningful cause' and feel they're making a positive contribution to the community."