Mayor praises local support from Fulham
The Mayor of Wellington Shire Council has highlighted the assistance and support Fulham Correctional Centre provides to its local community in an address at a major national
Speaking to members of the corrections industry at the Prison Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance Conference, Mayor Scott Rossetti emphasised the advantages the centre has brought to the region since it was constructed and The GEO Group Australia began managing it over 20 years ago.
“It has been an outstanding corporate citizen,” he said.
Speaking on the topic, Prisons as Economic Drivers for Regional Communities, Cr Rossetti said he could list a string of benefits the centre had brought to the community.
Fulham is the largest employer in Wellington Shire with more than 250 people on the payroll. The centre injects nearly $15m into the community each year through its purchase of goods and services from local suppliers and over $30m when salaries are included. Significantly, it operates a ‘buy local policy’, which provides a five per cent advantage weighting to local suppliers.Fulham also provides community scholarships to the value of $10,000 each year and provides 18,000 hours of community reparative work annually.
“All across the shire, works have been completed to an exceptionally high standard by community assistance work crews from the Fulham Correctional Centre as part of the prisoners’ rehabilitation process,” Cr Rossetti said.
Over the years work crews have played a significant role in the redevelopment and landscaping of numerous parks in the shire, including Maffra Victoria Park, Brialong ANZAC Park and Yarram Memorial Park. A significant project undertaken by Fulham Correctional Centre was the transformation of neglected public land into the Hayfield International Walk.