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 hit the right note

    15/02/2012 12:00 AM
    • Extra Edge Community Services to help keep former prisoners
    Attorney General Christian Porter has announced a grant offer of $112,270 to Cannington-based group Extra Edge Community Services so it can help keep former Boronia prisoners positively engage with the community through choir membership.

    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 throughout Western Australia.

    Mr Porter said the grant to Extra Edge Community Services would build on the success of the Boronia choir program by giving released prisoners a positive focus in the community, helping to keep them away from crime by referring them to community choirs once they were released from jail.

    “The project seeks to be a positive influence at a time when the women are vulnerable and at a risk of reoffending,” he said.

    “It also allows them to meet and socialise with new people in a constructive social environment.”

    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 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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