- Proceeds of crime grants gives $220,000 to help divert youth away from crime
Attorney General Christian Porter has announced two grant offers totalling $220,000 to help divert young people in the Wheatbelt region away from crime.
The Community Development Foundation has received $198,868 to get Wheatbelt youths involved in positive community activities and the Shire of Moora has been granted $22,030 to develop constructive activities for youth in its four-stage Catch and Release program.
Mr Porter said the foundation applied for the grant to fund its Southern Wheatbelt Project, a two-year initiative targeting young people at risk of committing crime or have already offended, who are from low-income backgrounds, who are Aboriginal or who may be unskilled or unemployed.
“The project will offer new recreational opportunities to local young people, as well as educational workshops on topics like nutrition and health, drug and alcohol abuse,” he said.
“The foundation hopes that with this combination of education and fun activities, local young people will be more positively engaged with their local community and less inclined towards anti-social behaviour or crime.”
About 300 local families living in Narrogin, Wagin, Pingelly and Brookton are set to benefit from the project. Some local groups would also be given mental health ‘first aid training’.
The Shire of Moora’s Catch and Release project has been developed with the local community, including young people, and local youth service agencies.
“The first stage aims to ‘catch’ young people committing crime and to stop them before they get into more serious offending by buying a mobile CCTV camera to set up at crime hot spots,” the Attorney General said.
“This will allow the council to show that offenders will be caught, but also to identify these youths so that they can be shown positive alternatives to offending.”
The council will also redevelop the skate park precinct so that more young people will use it, keeping them physically active, helping to fight boredom and keeping them off the streets where they might be tempted to offend. The council also plans to buy and install new lighting at the skate park so the youth can use it for longer periods.
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.
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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