Prison staff and inmates have dug deep for bush-fire affected wombats by building the furry marsupials a new enclosure.
The Karma wildlife sanctuary, south of Nowra, was largely spared from the Currowan fire but owners Peter and Shirley Lack have rehomed three wombats that were sadly affected by the fires.
A Corrective Services NSW trade overseer and four minimum-security inmates have been constructing timber frames for the new enclosure and installing fencing, piping and a feeding station.
Karma founder Shirley Lack said the team’s help has been a big relief.
“Without this new enclosure we would have had to pass these wombats to other wildlife carers who may not have the resources to assist,” Ms Lack said.
“Unfortunately the local community and wildlife was deeply impacted by bushfires but wombats are very resilient and confident animals.”
Community Projects Team Overseer Rob Duff said the project was a great opportunity to assist people affected by the devastating bushfires.
“It has been a hugely rewarding experience for the inmates who are gaining construction skills while giving back to the community,” Mr Duff said.
CSNSW Community Projects Teams provide support to community groups and non-government organisations across the state with some inmate work teams assisting bush-fire affected communities in recent times.
Peter and Shirley Lack, who are part of the Wombat Protection Society of Australia, have been caring for injured or orphaned wildlife for more than 30 years. Karma is a 15-acre property at Tomerong with dedicated animal compounds.
Staff and inmates also donated $1,500 to the sanctuary with the majority of money raised by inmates.