Four Port Hedland residential units confiscated under Western Australia’s tough proceeds of crime legislation have been sold for $2.69million, with the cash raised going towards community crime prevention grants.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General John Hyde MLA said an increase in the number of staff pursuing the proceeds of crime meant that more money for grants would be available more often.
“The money available in the latest round of proceeds of crime grants is a record $3.64million up from the $2.3million offered in September last year,” Mr Hyde said.
“The sale of these units in Port Hedland will ensure that our next round of grants, later this year, will also offer a bumper return to the community.
“The Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program was set up in 2003 to direct money and other assets obtained illegally by criminals back into the community in the form of grants.
“We also aim to help victims of crime by making sure that the ill-gotten gains of criminals are directly used to assist those whose lives are impacted by crime.
“We are hitting criminals in the hip pocket where it hurts, which means we can put more money back into the community through services and programs which help combat the damage caused by their illegal activities.
“Money raised through criminal confiscations this financial year alone includes more than $1.6million in cash, $4.3million in land and $113,000 in vehicles.
“Other assets seized over the years include a spa, a fog machine, arcade games, a silver dagger, a coin collection, a limousine and an air hockey table.”
Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens said the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program was a great grassroots initiative that was helping WA communities.
“I encourage community groups in the Pilbara to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for projects which prevent crime or support victims of crime,” Mr Stephens said.
In 2007, the State Government funded 60 projects, totalling $3.8million over two funding rounds, and more than $7.5million has been given out since the program began.
Not-for-profit community groups and local governments can apply for grants of up to $100,000 for projects which aim to reduce drug abuse or drug-related crime, support victims of crime, or for community safety and crime prevention purposes.
Application guidelines and forms can be downloaded from the Attorney General’s website at http://www.ministers.wa.gov.au/mcginty
Applications close on Wednesday, May 14.
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