The fences around the oval at Unkya Reserve were in desperate need of repair or replacement.
However, the reserve is managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, without access to a ready source of funds. Even if they could scrape up the cash for a new fence, how would they get it installed?
To the rescue, came the Corrective Services community work team, which regular helps out with manual labour for not-for-profit group projects.
Ken Buckley, Senior Overseer with Correctional Services, said the team works on many projects across the Macleay Valley.
“We’ve recently helped out at Hat Head Dune Care, Grassy Head Nursery and the Kempsey Showgrounds,” he said.
“We can’t supply materials, so the community groups need to gather all the needed items, wood, steel, nails, paint and so on, then we can supply the labour.
“We have a fully-equipped trailer with all the tools, and it even has a generator, for when we work on remote sites.”