AS SELINA HAZEL stood to leave the courtroom a huge smile spread across her face.
“Thank you for this opportunity,” she said to Magistrate John Smith.
She had been sentenced to 12 months' probation for drug offences, but it was the court process that had made her smile.
The 27-year-old Bauple mum came out of the Murri Court system a better person after being involved in meetings with Butchulla elders and counselling with Lifeline.
Magistrate John Smith sent her away for three months to take part in a program led by Aboriginal elders after pleading guilty to drug possession charges.
Those elders submitted a report on Hazel's progress during Murri Court this week — and it was all good.
“Your progress is something that has made me proud to be involved with you and the elders,” Mr Smith said.
“I see a new person before me.
“The great strength from your elders will flow through your blood all your life.
“It makes me proud to be involved in something like this when I see success.”