Program co-ordinator and supervisor at Bundaberg Michal Rogers and facilitator of the program David Cooper are working with people doing community service.
Program co-ordinator and supervisor at Bundaberg Michal Rogers and facilitator of the program David Cooper are working with people doing community service. Mike Knott

Course out to stop crime

A PILOT program to break the cycle of crime and get people sentenced to community service into a job has started in Bundaberg.

The program aims to give participants a certificate in the responsible service of alcohol, a qualification they need to work on licensed premises.

Facilitator David Cooper said there were six people taking part in the program.

“It’s very useful,” he said.

“A lot of the people I teach are young people, and this gives them a chance at getting employment.”

The program to qualify for the certificate runs for 10 hours, and replaces part of the community service to which people have been sentenced.

“They have been pretty enthusiastic,” Mr Cooper said.

“We’ve got some people here who have never been employed, and this gives them the chance to get a job.

“A lot of them have had alcohol in their backgrounds and this gives them the chance to see it from the other side.”

Bundaberg Probation and Parole district manager Karen Bailey said the community service program needed an overhaul, and the course was one of the ways that had been looked at for improving it.

Ms Bailey said people sentenced to community service often worked at soccer or other sports fields doing maintenance.

They also worked with organisations such as Meals On Wheels or the Salvation Army’s Tom Quinn Centre.

“Normally they help prepare food or help out with landscaping work,” she said.



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