Why Mandy Porter traded in hairdressing for a job in prison | Faces of Tamworth

Jacob McArthur
By Jacob McArthur
Updated February 15 2018 - 6:08am, first published 6:00am
CHANGE OF PACE: Tamworth prison officer Mandy Porter has enjoyed the move from her previous job as a hairdresser. Photo: Peter Hardin 170118PHA008

Tamworth mother-of-five Mandy Porter says her new job changes at the drop of a hat. But that’s the way she likes it. Earlier this year, The Leader had the opportunity to speak with Mandy who traded-in a long-term career in hairdressing to become a prison officer. While it’s undoubtedly challenging and at times disturbing, she said the crux of the job is helping people.

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Jacob McArthur

Jacob McArthur is a producer for The Canberra Times. As part of production team, he helps the people of Canberra and beyond get the stories they need, when they need them across a range of platforms, while helping maintain a high editorial standard. Before moving to Canberra in 2020, he started with Australian Community Media in 2015 as a journalist for The Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth. He kept a close eye on Tamworth Regional Council, as well as the public health system, writing extensively about water security, the need for better palliative care services, and medicinal cannabis. Jacob was also the co-host of ACM's Water Pressure podcast where he and Jamieson Murphy took a deep dive on issues and key decisions arising during one of the region's worst droughts on record.

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