Junee Shire Council

GEO Prison Build Program

16 Apr 2015 2:35 AM -
Habitat for Humanity's Liz Evers hands over the keys for the organisation's third home in Junee to Marie Henderson. Picture: Declan Rurenga
Habitat for Humanity Australia director Christine Franks (right) hands a key to Wendy McLaren as sons Luke and Tom look on.

There has been plenty of activity surrounding Prison build housing projects at Junee Correctional Centre in recent months with a dedication ceremony for a home built under the Housing for Humanity (HFH) banner and two more prefabricated 'shells' leaving the prison.

The dedication ceremony saw the first home built at the prison officially handed over to Wendy McLaren and her sons Luke and tom. It was the culmination of more than two years hard work be centre staff and inmates as well as key partners in the project, HFH and TAFE NSW Riverina Institute. Significant support was also received from Junee Shire Council, local community members and HFH family partners.

"It's absolutely awesome, a dream come true," Ms McLaren said.

The second house, which left the centre in two halves in February, is being built for Pat and Helen McDermott, who lost their uninsured home in a fire. Inmates built the one-bedroom home for the Junee Fire Brigade, which initiated the gesture and raised more than $10,000 to pay for materials.

The third house built at the prison is also part of the HFH program.

The foundations of the third house were laid last September and the house completed in March.

Marie Henderson, her partner Barry and two children, Kaiden and Levi and two dogs moved in in April 2015.

Project manager Liz Evers said the family had put in more than 1000 hours of ‘sweat equity’ working on the house.

Volunteers helped to complete a new kitchen, flooring, electrical work, plumbing, tiling, painting, verandah, car port, fencing, concreting and gardening.

The Prison Build initiative follows Junee Correctional Centre introducing a building and construction certificate course through TAFE NSW Riverina Institute in 2009.

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