Pris­on­ers trans­form po­lice sta­tion gar­den

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

The gar­den out­side Roe­bourne Po­lice Sta­tion is look­ing much neater these days af­ter a makeover from the prison work camp.

About 10 in­mates from the Roe­bourne Town Work Camp land­scaped the gar­den from April to June, re­plac­ing the for­mer patchy grass out­side the sta­tion with red cracker dust and na­tive plants.

Roe­bourne po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan said the gar­den was look­ing dra­mat­i­cally bet­ter than it once had thanks to the work camp’s ef­forts.

“The gar­den was pre­dom­i­nantly grass be­fore, and with Roe­bourne not be­ing the ideal cli­mate (for grass) it looked pretty ter­ri­ble most of the time,” she said.

“To say the gar­den looks a mil­lion times bet­ter is an un­der­state­ment, it is some­thing for us, the prison camp crew and com­mu­nity to be proud of and I am very ap­pre­cia­tive for ev­ery­body’s help.”

The City of Kar­ratha do­nated the red cracker dust used and Yara Pil­bara do­nated the plants, while North Re­gional TAFE hor­ti­cul­ture lec­turer Scott Cham­bers passed on gar­den­ing ex­per­tise to the work­ers.

Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Butcher said while this project ful­filled many of the work camp’s aims such as en­hanc­ing em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills, it also “(eroded) some of the bound­aries that may ex­ist” be­tween po­lice of­fi­cers and pris­on­ers.

Pic­ture: Roe­bourne po­lice

Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison work camp se­nior of­fi­cer Steve Far­rell, North Re­gional TAFE hor­ti­cul­ture lec­turer Scott Cham­bers and Roe­bourne po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan out­side the land­scaped po­lice sta­tion gar­den.

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