Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Prisoners help clean-up effort at Walpole

    16/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Minimum-security prisoners from the Walpole work camp are helping with clean-up and repair efforts following last night’s wild weather in the Great Southern.


    Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk said the men were helping Fire and Emergency Services staff place tarpaulins on houses that had lost part of their roof.


    “They are also clearing away trees and other debris that has blown on to roadways and around the town,” Ms Quirk said.


    “This kind of pitching in to help the community is typical of work camp philosophies aimed at involving prisoners in community work projects which add value to infrastructure, improve community assets and protect the environment.


    “The Walpole work camp celebrated its 10-year anniversary in February this year and I am pleased to see how its strong relationship with the town is enduring.”


    The Minister said seven work camps operated across WA from Walpole to Wyndham.


    In the past 10 years low-risk, minimum-security prisoners at work camps had contributed more than 488,000 hours of work to regional communities valued at $8million.


    “Aside from providing much-needed support to these communities, work camps also allow offenders to gain valuable life and job-related skills,” Ms Quirk said.


    “This means that they are not only re-paying their debt to society, but are also much better equipped to find and keep a job and live a law-abiding life when they are released.


    “I am pleased to know that we can provide practical help in a time of need and wish the residents of Walpole and surrounding areas a speedy recovery from the storm damage.”


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