AS GOOD AS NEW: Cathy Greene with her piano, which has been restored by Serco staff and offenders from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre after it was damaged in the 2011 floods.
AS GOOD AS NEW: Cathy Greene with her piano, which has been restored by Serco staff and offenders from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre after it was damaged in the 2011 floods. Amy Lyne

Forest Hill piano restored to its pre-flood glory

IT WAS nearly destroyed in the 2011 floods and it has taken eight months for the 63-year-old family heirloom to be restored and returned to its owner.

Offenders and Serco staff from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre returned Cathy Greene's piano, which she has had since she was six years old, to its original state.

Ms Greene is from Forest Hill and lost many sentimental items in the floods.

Luckily her beloved piano has been saved.

She said she had a quote to fix the piano but the amount was "astronomical".

"My daughter-in-law Trish heard the prison was looking for furniture to restore," she said.

They took the piano to SQCC and the prison's commercial industries team were able to restore it on site.

"Words cannot describe what they have done."

A few weeks ago Cathy and Trish were invited to a morning tea at SQCC where the piano was presented to them.

Serco Industries Manager Sean Eveleigh said more than 70 offenders are employed in the commercial industries area.

"The restoration project allowed them to develop new skills and to give something positive back to the community," he said.

Cathy hopes to start playing the piano again.


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