Bimberi’s cup overfloweth

johnboy 20 April 2010 8

The ABC has the happy news that the young inmates of Bimberi, when not assaulting their guards, have been running a garden with such success that the excess is being donated to the OzHarvest charity.

Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch says the program is an effective way to help the youth develop a connection with the community.

“These are real horticultural skills that they’re learning plus they get to see the fruits of their benefits … quite literally when the fruit garden gets going,” she said.

“To have a connection to the broader community, and for them knowing that they’re not only helping to feed the other residents here but to helping others who a less-advantaged in the community is a wonderful thing.”

Apparently they’re also getting barista training. Because what Canberra really wants from its wayward youth is a decent latte.

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8 Responses to Bimberi’s cup overfloweth
Dave from OzHarvest Dave from OzHarvest 8:47 pm 17 Jun 10

I met the two young blokes at Bimberi that day and it was a very special moment. They knew why they were in there and were doing their best to make amends/get back on track. I think people need to look at the big picture…why did they get into a position where they went wrong? Could it have something to do with family circumstances or mental health issues? Some people are born bad, the two young met I met weren’t. This is of course just my opinion.

prhhcd prhhcd 2:43 pm 21 Apr 10

bd84 said :

Ever wonder where jacobb9595 gained his “gardening” abilities?

excellent point bd84!

P Taker P Taker 2:03 pm 21 Apr 10

I am more shocked that they have a woodwork and metalwork shop that has not been used. At least you cant be killed by a capsicum to the head.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 11:06 am 21 Apr 10

I fail to see how this is a bad thing.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 11:21 pm 20 Apr 10

Whatever works… even the smallest steps, as long as they are away from that wayward direction. I’m guessing that for most of these youth, this is probably the biggest step forward most of them have had to date. If they leave with skills that make them believe they can contribute to society, no matter how small that be, perhaps all hope is not lost on them just yet…

I’m surprised they let them near gardening tools to be honest…

bd84 bd84 10:15 pm 20 Apr 10

Ever wonder where jacobb9595 gained his “gardening” abilities?

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 7:40 pm 20 Apr 10

Would you prefer that locksmithing was offered? Give me a long black anyday…

fabforty fabforty 5:38 pm 20 Apr 10

Hmmm… using their time in custody to learn skills which might help them get employment when they get out. Evil bastards !

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