- McGowan Government supporting local crime prevention initiatives
- Initiatives aim to break the cycle of juvenile offending and anti-social behaviour
Police Minister Michelle Roberts has announced 13 community groups in the Kimberley will share in $348,901 to fund grass roots crime prevention initiatives.
The Minister made the announcement as part of her trip to the Kimberley, where she met with local police, road safety and community groups.
The funding has been sourced through the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Fund.
Broome Youth Creative Projects: $25,000
For a program to engage with and encourage Aboriginal people to express their creativity, learn new skills and transform urban spaces through street art, sculpture and creative workshops.
Broome Youth and Community Hub Inc. $25,000
To implement a Monday Sports Night program to engage at risk youth in socially positive and healthy activities and provide a platform for delivery of a range of workshops.
Mowanjum healthy Holiday Program, Derby: $25,000
To implement a school holiday program including carpentry workshops, swimming activities, back to country trips, sports and games.
Bayulu Warden Program: $25,000
To re-establish a Warden program in the Bayulu Community. Wardens will maintain a presence at the Community gate, search vehicles for alcohol, attend family disturbances and carry out patrols of the community.
Garl Garl Walbu Aboriginal Corporation: $25,000
For an 8-week intensive educational and diversionary program for youth currently at risk, or in contact with police. Participants who successfully complete the program, attend school, and not offended or reoffend will be rewarded with a three-day camp on the Dampier Peninsula.
Bidyadanga Community Patrol: $25,000
To employ two part-time community members as Community Patrol Team Leaders. The aim of the community patrols is to address the ongoing problem of children and young people roaming the streets until the early hours of the morning.
Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation: $25,000
To host a Friday Night Youth Hub - aimed at steering youth away from anti-social activities in Fitzroy Crossing. Healthy meals and transport will be provided to ensure youth are off the streets at the conclusion of activities and transported home safely.
Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation: $24,775
For a series of back to country trips targeted at youth in Kununurra. The overarching aim is to promote reconnection to country and culture. Elders will attend all trips to reinforce the value of traditional culture and empower youth by reinstating positive behaviours.
Save the Children Kununurra Our Mob Matters: $25,000
To deliver school holiday activities for young people identified at risk of offending, to ensure they are engaged in positive activities rather than falling into patterns of offending due to boredom.
Kimberley NightFields $25,000
The WA Football Commission will implement the NightFields program targeted to regional centres in the Kimberley to deliver sports based activities and engage participants in positive behaviours and provide direct connections to youth service providers.
Yakanarra Aboriginal Corporation: $24,285
To deliver daily after school activities for young people aged 7 to 17 years in order to provide a supervised space to socialise. Weekly activities include smoothie making classes, painting and other art and craft activities, movie screenings and board games.
Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation: $11,600
Three Aboriginal artists from Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre will be employed to deliver ten mentoring sessions with local young people and work with them to design a moveable mural with an anti-graffiti message. The mural will be displayed at graffiti hotspots throughout Kununurra.
Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley: $19,600
To purchase new reporting technology to commence local graffiti data collection and analysis.
Graffiti data collected will include a GPS location for each tag, leading to improved mapping and graphic representation to allow more accurate identification of graffiti hotspots for reporting.
Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"We know there is an issue in the Kimberley relating to youth involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.
"These programs are aimed at encouraging 'at risk' young people to be involved in self-development programs.
"Through grass roots initiatives like these, we can divert young people away from crime and provide positive activities and role models.
"I want to congratulate these community groups and organisations for taking a lead role in preventing crime and anti-social behaviour in their communities."
Minister's office: 6552 6900