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Community Work Partnership Awards 2016

Terry Jose, General Manager, Hume Prison Region; Minister Tierney; Julie Flack, Site Development  Manager, Winton Wetlands; and Bret Lacey, Operations Manager, Beechworth Correctional Centre.

The Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard PSM hosted the 2016 Community Work Partnership Awards - the sixteenth such event - in Melbourne on Wednesday, 16 November 2016.

These bi-annual awards recognise and celebrate partnerships between local communities and Corrections Victoria that contribute to the reparation, rehabilitation and reduction of reoffending by offenders and prisoners.

The awards were established in 1999 and are open to all Victorian prisons and Community Correctional Services offices.

More than 400 invitees from the 70 nominated partnerships attended the event, along with the Minister for Corrections, Gayle Tierney, who presented the Minister's Award recognising excellence in a long-standing partnership, as well as many of the 19 independent judges who participated so generously in the awards process.

The theme this year was 'Respect.Engage.Connect', reflecting the importance that Corrections Victoria places on both communities and offenders and prisoners. By giving back to the community through the work undertaken on the community work projects, the offenders and prisoners are learning the importance of respect while at the same time engaging and connecting with the community.

The accompanying photograph shows the winners of the Minister's Award (from left to right): Terry Jose, General Manager, Hume Prison Region; Minister Tierney; Julie Flack, Site Development  Manager, Winton Wetlands; and Bret Lacey, Operations Manager, Beechworth Correctional Centre.

View the Minister's media release on the awards, which includes a list of the award winners.