Community Corrections staff from Newcastle,Maitland and Lake Macquarie
An iconic Newcastle landmark has been handed back to the community thanks to the hard work of offenders.
Community Corrections staff and four offenders attended a celebration in August to mark the completion of Stage One of the Nobbys Headland revitalisation project.
Through a partnership with non-profit organisation Newcastle Now, 30 offenders serving orders in the community, spent six months restoring the water damaged cottages around the popular lighthouse.
Community Corrections DirectorRod Chenhall
Community Corrections Director Rod Chenhall said they spent every Thursday, Friday and Saturday onsite. 'They invested 2,880 hours, to the value of more than $56,000, to the project," he said.
"It gave them an opportunity to repay their debt to society and put something back into the community. Some gained skills in carpentry, building, and painting - making them more employable which will help reduce their risk of re-offending."
Offender Michael proudly showed staff his contribution to the project. The qualified tradesmen said he shared his carpentry skills with the others.
Craig points out his workto Melinda Wit from CSNSW
Offender Craig said he spent hours stripping back paint on some of the window sills. He described it as a tricky task but was proud to be back to see the results of his hard work.
Project Manager Kris Leck said the project was an "outstanding example of what can be achieved when people work together on something we recognize to be important to the community".
Chair of Newcastle Now Edward Duc,Assistant Ministerfor EmploymentLuke Hartsuyker and Kris Leck
As a result of the revamp, Newcastle Now has been offered a ten year lease on the site and is inviting the offenders back to help build 'heritage" gardens around it.