Supporting community and crime prevention in hills and Swan regions
Posted on Friday, 30 July 2004
Residents in the hills and Swan regions have been given a boost, in relation to crime prevention, with the announcement of $331,000 to the Hills Community Support Group’s Intervention and Diversion project under the Howard Government’s new $20 million National Community Crime Prevention Programme.
Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, said today that this grant was the first announced nationally by the Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard, while visiting the region yesterday.
The NCCPP’s centrepiece community grants program aims to support local grassroots crime prevention projects by providing the additional resources, often needed by community groups to develop their own projects and find their own ways of getting people to work together for the common goal of promoting community safety.
There are three streams of grant funding - Community Safety Stream, Indigenous Community Safety Stream and the Community Partnership Stream. This new funding falls under the Community Partnerships Stream.
Ms Moylan lobbied in Canberra for the Hills Community Support Group to receive funding for this initiative and is also pleased that the candidate for Hasluck, Stuart Henry, took such an interest in this worthwhile program.
“I am delighted that the Hills Community Support Group has received $331,000 to strengthen their fight against crime in the area,” Ms Moylan said.
“The Hills Community Support Group was one of many community groups and Local Government associations across Australia which responded enthusiastically to the establishment of this program, with more than 180 applications received by the 30th of June 2004.
“Concern for crime and its effects on community safety and security is something which is frequently raised with me as I travel around the Pearce electorate.”
The Hills Community Support Group’s Intervention and Diversion project is a collaborative initiative to build positive skills and increase self-esteem in young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime.
“This project will make a real difference to the residents in the hills and Swan regions,” Ms Moylan said.
The first recipients of grants under the Community Safety and the Indigenous Community Safety streams will be announced shortly.
For more information about the NCCPP and applying for the grants programme, visit www.crimeprevention.gov.au.