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Prisoners help out with clean-up
Prison officer Don Waterhouse supervises Bunbury prisoners during a storm clean-up.

Bunbury prisoners banded together to help the community in clearing debris and repairing minor damage caused by this week’s storms.

Approved minimum-security prisoners and offenders on community work orders helped to clean up areas across the State.

Bunbury Regional Prison staff escorted three teams of seven prisoners - equipped with tools and three vehicles - to help get the region back into shape.

Prison Superintendent Kerri Bishop said it was important to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by staff as well as prisoners.

``The officers together with the prisoners work as a team in situations like these,'' she said.

``The officers find it very rewarding to have the opportunity and resources to assist the community.

``They are dedicated staff often seen rolling their sleeves up and getting stuck into the work - and that makes me feel very proud.''

Rockingham-Mandurah Adult Community Corrections Centre sent teams to a local Vietnam Veterans' club and wildlife rescue centre.

Corrective Services Commissioner Ian Johnson said the cleanups provided an opportunity for offenders to give back to the community.

``The cleanup crews do get a lot out of helping a community during times of disaster; it is their way of making reparation.''

The Commissioner said prisoners were also dealing with debris and damage caused at correctional facilities.

Community groups requiring minor cleanup assistance can contact the Bunbury prison by visiting www.correctiveservices.wa.gov.au or emailing Repaywa@correctiveservices.wa.gov.au