Prisoners participating in the Springsure work camp program have completed more than 3400 hours of maintenance and construction labour in the local community since July last year, equating to approximately $800 000 in value.
The Queensland Corrective Services program is one of the most successful prisoner rehabilitation schemes in the state, providing low-risk prisoners with opportunities to make a positive contribution to society while developing new skills and work ethic.
In the past eight months, participating prisoners from Capricornia Correctional Centre have performed ground and building maintenance at a number of sites around Springsure.
They have also helped to construct sheds for the Lions Club, police station and pony club, interpretive signage at the national park, a grated drain for the Springsure Golf Club’s clubhouse, a new toilet block at t
he Lions Park and improved loading ramps at the showgrounds.
Central Highlands Deputy Mayor Cr Gail Godwin-Smith said the benefits of the program were two-fold.
‘These prisoners are given a genuine opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and gain valuable skills and knowledge for their return to society,’ she said.
‘But as well as that, our regional community benefits by having a source of labour to undertake projects or community work that may not have otherwise been completed.’
The Springsure work camp is one of 13 in Queensland.