Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    Robin Hood' grants benefit local people

    19/12/2007 11:00 AM

    An important service in the Goldfields will receive more than $80,000 in grant funding from money and assets seized from criminals.

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said the Laverton-based Wongatha Wonganarra Aboriginal Corporation would receive a $81,420 grant to help support Aboriginal people affected by drugs.

    “The Night Patrol service in Laverton transports people who are under the influence of drugs, either home or to a safe shelter,” Ms Ravlich said.

    “The service also escorts people to hospital and takes children who have been roaming the streets home.”

    The Criminal Property Confiscation grants program was set up in 2003 to direct money and the proceeds from the sale of assets obtained illegally back into the community.

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General John Hyde said they were often referred to as ‘Robin Hood’ grants, because they took assets from criminals and turned them into services and programs which helped combat the damage caused by crime.

    “The money must be used for programs which reduce drug abuse or drug-related crime, support victims of crime, or for community safety and crime prevention purposes,” Mr Hyde said.

    Since the introduction of the Criminal Property Confiscation scheme in 2003, grants totalling more than $7.5million have been given out.

    This is the fifth round of the Criminal Property Confiscation grants and a total of $2.3million is being distributed to 34 groups across the State.

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