BH inmates to care for Jube
Wednesday, 15th January, 2014
By Ethan James
AFL Broken Hill has teamed up with the BH Correctional Complex to ensure the Jubilee Oval is well maintained in 2014.
Chairman Peter Nash and Football Operations Coordinator Ann Brown met with representatives of the Correctional Complex last week to formalise a plan which will see inmates complete maintenance tasks at ‘The Jube’.
Mr Nash said the assistance from the Broken Hill Correctional Complex is a very welcome bonus for football in Broken Hill.
“Our board and volunteers are all passionate about providing a high quality venue,” he said.
“That takes not only money but time and often it is the ‘time factor’ that is the hardest thing to find.
“Relationships like this need to be a win/win and AFL BH has a role to play to ensure the inmates gain a level of satisfaction for their efforts.”
Ms Brown said the relationship with corrective services would ease the pressure on the small Jubilee Oval volunteers group and allow the ground’s caretaker to focus more of his time on the playing field tasks.
The Broken Hill Correctional Complex has many low risk inmates that will undertake tasks from footpath weeding, painting and cleaning to boundary fence repairs.
“We are keen for our caretaker to also teach them how to mow, mark lines and wiper snipper the oval, so that the inmates get a sense of satisfaction for their efforts,” Ms Brown said.
“The Broken Hill Correctional Complex also has women and we have many additional tasks also that they can help with including helping to restore many of our old trophies and picture frames.”
Michael Stanley, Manager of Programs at the Broken Hill Correctional Centre, said he was pleased to be able to assist with the maintenance of the Oval.
“The new partnership would give inmates the opportunity to accrue new skills and demonstrate their already learned skills,” he said.
“This works program fits well with our Community Projects, which has a focus on contributing to the community but also supports inmates in the development of a work ethic and transition back into the community.”