Local offenders to clean up Juru Walk

Local offenders who are ordered by a court to complete community service work will be used to clean up Juru Walk in Plantation Park.

Burdekin Shire Council is partnering with Queensland Corrective Services in a trial starting next week whereby offenders handed community service orders by the courts give something back to the community.

Council Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said the offenders, as a pilot project, would begin cleaning up Juru Walk at Plantation Park.

“The offenders will be supervised by Townsville Probation and Parole officers while working in the Shire,” he said.

“This is the first time Council has taken part in this program.

“Next Wednesday we will be bringing the first intake into council for safety inductions and supplying them with a wide brim hat, safety sunglasses and gloves for the duration of their order.

“We will monitor progress over the four weeks of the pilot project and if we are happy with the way the project pans out, we will look to continue using this program in the future.”

Mr Saldumbide said the offenders taking part in the trial had been ordered by a court to complete community service work instead of a custodial sentence or paying a fine.

“It is unpaid work and the purpose of it is for the offender to give something back to the community,” he said.

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