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The Balund-a program provides a residential diversionary program for offenders in New South Wales. Its aim is to reduce re-offending and enhance skills within a cultural and supportive community environment. Located on Bundjalung land, Balund-a is on the western side of the Clarence River and is approximately 25km by road south of Tabulam.
Balund-a accommodates male and female residents aged between 18 and 35 years, mainly from the Bundjalung Nation. Magistrates are able to sentence offenders to Balund-a after conviction or refer defendants to Balund-a as a condition of bail. The program also has the ability to accept offenders subject to community-based orders.
Local Elders provide support and assist residents to recognise, restore and value cultural links with their land and history. Residents participate in a range of programs, most from the local community, delivered in a culturally sensitive environment. It aims to develop partnerships with community organisations in order to support resettlement, allowing continuing support after the resident leaves Balund-a.
Department of Corrective Services NSW abstract
Department of Justice, New South Wales
Parramatta Justice Precinct
160 Marsden Street
Locked Bag 5111
Parramatta NSW 2124
Ph: (02) 8688 7777
Fax: (02) 8688 7980