SQCC HELP: Tara Robinson monitors offenders from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre processing the laundry.
SQCC HELP: Tara Robinson monitors offenders from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre processing the laundry. Contributed

Correctional Centre lends hand to region

EXTREME weather has brought devastation to many parts of Australia this summer, but brought out the best in offenders at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC) in the Lockyer Valley.

Fires and floods directly impacted some Serco employees and their communities, including at the SQCC.

Staff at SQCC have made outstanding efforts to help those affected which will continue for as long as help is needed.

The prison has been providing laundry services to people affected by the floods.

The prison's Industries Team will also restore a piano which was damaged in the floods.

Staff have been helping with the community clean up and volunteer work will continue over the next few weeks.

Chief executive officer, Serco Asia-Pacific, David Campbell, said he was proud that SQCC employees responded so promptly to help the community. To add to their contribution, Serco Asia-Pacific has donated a further $5000 to the Red Cross.

"Tragically, the bushfires and floods have claimed a number of lives and we send our condolences to those affected," he said.

"We also thank the rescue crews and emergency service workers for their brave efforts, and everyone who has already made such a difference."

Mr Campbell said the prison launched a policy last year whereby permanent staff could take two days leave to volunteer for the causes of their choice.


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