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Corrections Minister welcomes new recruits

Twenty-two trainee correctional officers celebrated a new chapter in their careers today at a swearing-in ceremony at Parklea Correctional Centre. Parklea Governor Paul Baker said it was an exciting day for the 16 men and six women who had worked hard to complete rigorous practical and theoretical training. “Our new trainees have achieved a significant …

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Call for community members for Parklea committee

Parklea Correctional Centre is calling for expressions of interest for its community consultation committee which aims to support rehabilitation and reduce reoffending by discussing issues impacting the prison and its inmates. Parklea Governor Paul Baker said the committee was a valuable tool to connect inmates with support services and project opportunities and hear the community’s …

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Parklea officer recognised for horticultural programs

Parklea Correctional Centre Horticulture Overseer Sanjeev Kumar received a pleasant surprise on Australia Day when he was named Environmental Citizen of the Year by Blacktown City Council. Sanjeev received the prestigious award in recognition of the many sustainable and environmental initiatives he has implemented at the prison. These include: Propagating plants for staff in a …

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Parklea makes hattrick in garden competition

Parklea’s gardens have again impressed the judges of this year’s Blacktown City Garden Competition, awarding the prison first place in two categories. The winning team, led by overseers Sanjeev Kumar and Fetaitai Patiole, received the top gongs for Best Community Garden and Best Commercial Garden. This is the third time Parklea has entered the competition …

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Parklea inmates create sculptures for DV campaign

Inmates from Parklea Correctional Centre have put their metalwork skills to good use by creating a giant tea set to help raise awareness and promote discussion about domestic violence. The concept was developed in partnership with Blacktown City Council as part of its annual Knit Bomb Project, which uses visually vibrant statements to say no …

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Parklea chaplains choose to be called to prison

Being a prison chaplain isn’t a job, it’s a calling, according to Parklea Correctional Centre’s five faith leaders. To ensure the prison can provide support and guidance to its diverse inmate population and staff, Parklea’s operator MTC-Broadspectrum has engaged chaplains from the Anglican, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Uniting and Islamic religions and there are plans …

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