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