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

    Proceeds of crime grants expand Outreach work

    15/02/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $134,574 to extend night outreach program in Geraldton
    Attorney General Christian Porter has announced a grant offer of $134,574 to the Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation so it can extend its night outreach program.
     
    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 funding would allow the group to expand the existing night outreach program to include suburban areas of Geraldton, to start foot patrols and a Saturday night service, and to help transport local youth for crime prevention and recreational activities like midnight basketball.

    Feedback from the community indicated that the success of the project in the Geraldton CBD had meant some of the issues had shifted to suburban areas.

    “The outreach program targets young people who are involved in underage drinking, fighting, antisocial behaviour or crime in Geraldton, and takes them from trouble spots in town back to their homes,” the Attorney General said.

    “If the outreach workers notice a pattern of behaviour or a problem which needs to be addressed, they will follow up with a home visit, working with the families of the young people to link them up with support services as needed.”

    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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