Furniture built by Indigenous prisoners at Maryborough Correctional Centre (MCC) was delivered to Cherbourg’s historic Ration Shed Museum.
MCC General Manager Trevor Craig said five timber picnic tables and two bench seats were built as part of Work Skills training for the prisoners.
“During the consultation process we identified an opportunity to benefit the Cherbourg community by building outdoor furniture for the Ration Shed Museum.” Mr Craig said the furniture donation followed a recent landscaping day at the Museum. “Management and staff from MCC and Kingaroy Probation and Parole teamed up with community service workers to beautify the grounds of the museum,” he said. “They planted 180 plants that prisoners propagated at MCC and the centre donated to the museum.”
President of the Cherbourg Historical Precinct, which administers the Ration Shed Museum, Sandra Morgan, said the community appreciated the efforts of MCC and the prisoners. “The plants and furniture have been worthwhile contribution to the museum and I thank the staff from MCC and Kingaroy Probation and Parole for supporting this project,” she said. “This project has been a wonderful way for the prisoners to give back to the community and develop a real sense of pride. “I encourage them to come back to the community after their release and continue in that spirit of doing something positive for themselves and their community.”
“Course participants undertook four units of competency including the Construction Industry Safety Induction, workplace health and safety, use of construction tools and equipment, and project work. ‘Those who successfully completed the course will receive their White Card, a Statement of Attainment and a result of assessment from the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE.” Mr Craig said prisoners who completed Vocational Education Training (VET) courses while in jail were contributing to their rehabilitation.
Queensland Corrective Services delivers nationally-accredited vocational education training through a partnership with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts.