Overseer, Emu Plains Correctional Centre
More than 20 years with Corrective Services NSW
Navy man, railway worker, prison officer: Arthur Eenink has worn a range of
different caps. The 54-year-old spent the majority of his career as a
sheet-metal worker before trading metal for milk in March this year.
love it here, love it,” Mr Eeenink says of his new Corrective Services
Industries role overseeing 15 working inmates at the dairy of Emu Plains
lot of the pasteurisation and homogenisation process is mechanical, which is
what I know and we’re doing a lot of milk: we ship out 24,000 cartons a day to
prisons across the state.”
Eenink is among the more than 9,000 Corrective Services NSW staff being
celebrated for their commitment to community safety on National Corrections
Day, Friday 18 January.
Eenink first joined Corrective Services NSW as a prison officer in the early
1990s at Bathurst Correctional Centre in the state’s central west. As a trained
sheet-metal worker, he would fill in as an overseer at the prison’s metal shop
when needed and it was not long before he made the switch full time.
later spent one year at Queensland’s Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre before
realising he missed the overseer life, so he returned to NSW and took up a post
at the metal shop at Silverwater’s minimum-security prison in Sydney’s west –
where he remained for 23 years.
had one inmate who came in with no skills at all, who I trained as a
metalworker and he later became a foreman and called us up to tell us,” Mr
good to know that you are helping someone out and good to see the inmates take
advantage of the courses and training.
main way they improve their attitude is if you give them some sort of
responsibility, which allows them to have ownership of something – I’ve always
found that the best formula.
can change a whole person from feeling like they have nothing to contribute to
someone feeling that they are needed and have a responsibility.”
2019 National Corrections Day theme is Working Corrections, focussing on
inmate industries and the work of Community Corrections officers, who supervise
offenders on court-ordered community work.
Across the state, there are about 650 Corrective
Services Industries’ staff, who oversee inmates undertaking work, training and
other qualifications to help reintegrate them into the community and reduce