Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Drop-in centre to help support Coolgardie youth

    13/12/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • $100,000 for youth drop in centre in Coolgardie
    The Shire of Coolgardie has received $100,000 in State Government funding to set up a drop-in centre where local youth can seek support as well as have some fun.

    The council successfully applied for funds from the Department of the Attorney General’s criminal property confiscation grants program for its Youth Empowered project.

    Coolgardie has a population of about 1,000 people, with 300 of those being young people.

    Acting Minister for the Attorney General Rob Johnson said the shire would use the money to offer local youth a safe place where they could get reliable information about the law, consumer and financial issues, or even just get together and play computer or board games, table tennis and pool.

    A youth officer to be based at the drop-in space at the Coolgardie Community and Recreation Centre will be on hand for young people to talk to and refer them where necessary to other support services.

    The council is hoping that by offering young people a safe, stimulating environment to hang out in, the level of boredom-related crime in the town will drop.

    The centre even plans to hold ‘healthy eating’ cooking sessions for junior chefs to learn how to prepare tasty and healthy food.

    Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs welcomed the funding and said the drop-in centre would be well received by local youth.

    Mr Johnson said the criminal property confiscation grants program allows local governments and non-profit community groups to apply for up to $200,000 seized under the State’s tough proceeds of crime laws to fight criminal activity, tackle drug-related issues and help victims of crime.

    In the latest round of grants, 28 groups will share in an overall total of $3.9million in funding.
     
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