Community corrections program a successful partnership

Posted on 2 June 2017

 
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Since August 2016, Council has partnered with Community Correctional Services to provide supervised offenders with the opportunity to assist in maintaining several of Council's rural parks.

Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan, said Council was pleased to be a part of the Gippsland Community Correctional Services - Community Work Program.

“The Work Teams that support our regular staff to maintain our rural parks and reserves have been doing great work, learning new skills which they will be able to take with them into the future,” Cr O’Callaghan said.

“The Work Teams partnered to Latrobe City Council have carried out various maintenance activities in parks including Martin Walker Reserve, Yinnar South, Koornalla Park and monument site and a section of the Traralgon South walkway. Their duties have included mowing, brush cutting, raking and rubbish removal.

Gary Monington, Manager, Community Work and Partnerships for Gippsland Community Correction Services - Community Work Program, explained that the established partnership in conjunction with Latrobe City Council has delivered quality results to date.

“Since the program commenced in August 2016, 363 placement opportunities have been made available to clients reporting to The Morwell Justice Service Centre with a potential yield of 2178 hours of community work which directly benefits the people of Latrobe City.

“Partnerships such as the one formed with Latrobe City are key to maximising local opportunities for clients to repay the community in which they live. It is also an important component of releasing funding the Council may have allocated for these particular projects, allowing those funds to be used on other key projects.

“The partnership with Latrobe City is still somewhat in its infancy, however, the further expansion of service delivery to the Gippsland Community is the forefront in key objectives to be achieved by Community Correctional Services over the next 12 months,” Mr Monington said.

Cr O’Callaghan added that the program allowed Council parks and gardens staff members to concentrate their resources on their core duties.
“As a result, our parks are maintained regularly to a high standard to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” Cr O’Callaghan concluded.

Work Teams are comprised of individuals aged 18 years and over who are sentenced by the courts to perform unpaid community work. Community work programs do not substitute for the work of paid employees, rather they provide support.


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