Pris­on­ers tidy up at Gnomesville

South Western Times - - News -

The Dar­danup Shire Coun­cil has teamed up with the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices to have pris­on­ers clean and fix the pop­u­la­tion of Gnomesville.

Shire pres­i­dent Mick Ben­nett said teams would be at­tend­ing the site ev­ery Tues­day over the next six months.

“They will be tak­ing some of the gnomes to be re­paired and be re­painted,” he said.

“They will also be re­mov­ing some of the gnomes that have been bro­ken be­yond re­pair so the whole area be­comes tidy.

“We have got a lot of leaves and branches fallen around the place so they will be tidy­ing them up so it be­comes bet­ter for our viewing pub­lic.”

Mr Ben­nett said it was fan­tas­tic to be able to get help from the teams from Bun­bury Re­gional Prison to en­able the clean up.

“We would like this to be a con­tin­u­ing thing here at Gnomesville be­cause it is for the peo­ple,” he said.

“What this clean up is all about is to make sure that Gnomesville is safe and that it re­mains a great place for peo­ple to visit.

“We don’t want it to lose its unique­ness, but we want it to be main­tained prop­erly be­cause the peo­ple just love it.”

Prison su­per­in­ten­dent Kerri Bishop said it was im­por­tant to make sure all the pro­cesses were ap­plied be­fore bring­ing the pris­on­ers out to work on the site.

“It is im­por­tant that we main­tain that the pris­on­ers are kept safe and that the com­mu­nity is not at risk,” she said.

“It is usu­ally the pris­on­ers that are com­ing out just be­fore they are fin­ished and be­ing dis­charged that will come to Gnomesville.

“It is also pris­on­ers that have not had any in­ci­dents while they are cus­tody and are also will­ing to par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gram which of­fers them op­por­tu­ni­ties for re-en­try back into the com­mu­nity.”

Supt Bishop said pris­on­ers of­ten ben­e­fited from com­mu­nity-based work.

“It is about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity but it is also a repa­ra­tion to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The prison should re­ally be in­volved in projects like this as the labour comes at no cost.

“It is the good will that we give back to the com­mu­nity . . . and I think that is so valu­able.

“I think it is won­der­ful that we are able to be a part of a pro­gram like this.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler Photo avail­able at west­

Dar­danup shire pres­i­dent Mick Ben­nett, Bun­bury Re­gional Prison su­per­in­ten­dent Kerri Bishop, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent Shane Dowell and deputy shire pres­i­dent Peter Robin­son clean up bro­ken gnomes at Gnomesville.

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