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Since last Wednesday, Whitsunday Regional Council has been coordinating the TownsvilleCorrectional Centre's Bowen Women's Work Camp in cleaning up after Cyclone Ita.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said last Wednesday when Minister for Local Government, CommunityRecovery and Resilience David Crisafulli was in Bowen he committed to making low-securityprisoners available to help with the clean-up of debris on farms in Bowen following Cyclone Ita.
“Low-security prisoners were sent down from Townsville the following day, to assist the existinglow-security prisoners at the camp with the clean-up,” Mayor Whitney said.
“We expect more low-security prisoners will arrive from Townsville over the coming days to further help.
“The women are working on a number of farms in the Bowen region on a daily basis and willcontinuing working until all on-farm issues are resolved.
“The additional low-security prisoners being sent down from Townsville has meant Council hasalso been able to honour its annual commitment to help with the setup of the Collinsville Rodeo,with four women being sent to Collinsville last Thursday to help,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said it’s a win-win situation for the farmers needing assistance with clean-up around their properties and the low-security prisoners gaining new skills.
“I know local farmers will be thankful for the assistance in clearing up debris and plastic from flood affected fields, with the low-security prisoners providing many valuable hours of labour,” she said.
“The program also enables the low-security prisoners to develop work and life skills that mayincrease their chances of successful re-integration into the community upon release.
“It also encourages low-security prisoners to develop a work ethic by engaging them in regularwork practices and encouraging self responsibility.
“The Bowen Women’s Work Camp was established in 2007 and has made available a source oflabour to undertake projects or community work that would otherwise not be completed, with thecamp being a major benefit to the local community.
“The Bowen Women's Work Camp program has seen many improvements to our region including the award winning site of Flagstaff Hill which the Work Camp upgraded through the establishment of paths, seating and rotundas,” she said.
Below is a list of some of the projects completed by the all-women team however, there are many more contributions to our community that are not listed here:
• Queens Beach walking pathways• Beautification of the Bowen Foreshore Skate Rink• Renovations of the Bowen Sporting Complex and toilet blocks• Fencing to Bowen Polocrosse• Annual Bowen River Rodeo preparation• Erosion control fencing at Queen's Beach• Upgrade and maintenance of Cape Edgecombe walking track• Painting of Bowen Show Ground buildings• Refurbishment of town square wooden bench seating• Rebuilding of the gardens and painting of the Bowen Christian Outreach Centre• Extending cricket pitches of the Bowen Cricket Incorporation• Maintenance of Bowen Aerodrome Precinct
The Whitsunday Regional Council looks forward to a continued rewarding and productivepartnership with Queensland Corrective Services in the provision of beneficial works projects forthe community, and rehabilitation process of offenders returning to society.
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