New deal will see Oberon inmates used for community projects

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: Inmates from Oberon Correctional Centre will still be used for local community projects.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: Inmates from Oberon Correctional Centre will still be used for local community projects.

INMATES at the Oberon Correctional Centre will continue to be used to develop local community facilities after a new Memorandum of Understanding was endorsed last month.

Oberon Council and the correctional centre agreed to the terms of a revised MOU at the October meeting of council.

In 2012, council and the jail entered into a MOU that provided the opportunity to work in partnership on certain projects. 

But in 2015 the logistics of continuing this partnership became difficult for the correctional centre and as a result no projects were undertaken.

Recently, however, Oberon mayor Kathy Sajowitz and general manager Gary Wallace met with representatives of the Oberon Correctional Centre looking to re-establish an MOU given additional changes in the corrective services area.

This proposed MOU constitutes an agreement, in principle, between council and the correctional centre concerning the maintenance and development of local community facilities.

This proposed MOU is not intended to give rise to legally enforceable obligations on the part of the parties. However, by their endorsement of this MOU, the parties confirm their intention to abide by its terms.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz.

In respect of the proposed MOU, both organisations expressed the wish to work together to utilise the inmates from the correctional centre in developing community facilities.

In addition there are a number of specific obligations by the centre and council.

Oberon Correctional Centre obligations will include inmate training, safety procedure training, refresher training as required. Inmates will be provided with safety gear, tools and equipment. Oberon Council will be to provide materials from time to time dependant upon the project.

It is considered that this will give opportunities for the correctional centre and council to work in partnership on projects into the future.