Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    Holiday program for Western Desert youth

    15/02/2012 12:00 AM
    • $159,479 to help divert Western Desert youth away from crime
    Attorney General Christian Porter has announced a grant offer of $159,479 to Martu People Limited so the organisation can deliver a school holiday program which discourages youth crime and promotes positive interaction with community elders.
    In the latest round of the State Government’s criminal property confiscation grants program, 14 grants totalling $1.76million have been offered to local government and non-profit community groups.

    Mr Porter said the Martu People program aimed to reduce crime, family violence, substance misuse and the disconnect in some communities between young people and community elders.

    “The program will be delivered in some of the most remote areas of the State and is designed to divert young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour by offering interactive, educational and fun activities in morning, afternoon and evening sessions in a safe community environment,” he said.

    “It is also designed to ensure young people are engaged in their small regional communities, rather than being drawn to regional centres.”

    Activities in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Kunawarritji, Nullagine and Punmu will see young people taking part in sporting, musical and art activities as well as bush trips with local elders.

    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.

    The grants are released to the applicants once they have met certain pre-conditions, including contributing in-kind support to the project they are going to run.

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