Prisoners transform police station garden
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.
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.