‘Gorgeous’ George wins award at Canungra Show

Numinbah Correctional Centre’s Charolais bull, Jay Tees Loyalty (known as Gorgeous George to his friends), was sashed Reserve Champion Open Bull at the 80th Canungra Show.

The women prisoners at the centre spent many hours in the week leading up to the show preparing George for the competition as part of their farm work.

Numinbah Correctional Centre Deputy General Manager Julie Steinheuer said that as a top-tier, forward thinking public agency, Queensland Corrective Services was committed to providing prisoners with vocational skills to increase their opportunities to reintegrate successfully into society on their release.

George with Numinbah Correctional Centre’s Custodial Farm Officer, Rebecca Bates, and Deputy General Manager, Julie Steinheuer. (photo courtesy of Katherine O’Brien)

“The women are extremely proud of their work on show prepping George as a part of their work on the farm,” Ms Steinheuer said.

“The team skills and vocational training they receive at the farm improves the chances of the women gaining employment on release, with some working towards a Certificate II in Rural Operations.

“George’s win is also a win for the women prisoners because they gain confidence to try something new and it can lead to more women undertaking activities here at the centre.”

Numinbah Correctional Centre is a 119-bed, low security women’s work farm where the women undertake various activities, including food preparation and gardening.

Ms Steinheuer also congratulated George’s handler, Custodial Farm Officer Rebecca Bates for being awarded Champion Rider in the Show Jumping ring.

George (photo courtesy of Katherine O’Brien)