Swimming pool lifesaving training for Kimberley kids and security audits of homes are among programs awarded more than $2 million in funds seized from criminals.
Attorney General John Quigley today announced the outcome of the latest funding round of the State Government’s Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program administered by the Department of Justice.
Fourteen grant offers totalling $2.19 million will be made to not-for-profit community groups and local government authorities to run projects supporting victims of crime and reducing offending and substance misuse across the State.
Recipients from this funding round include:
- the Royal Life Saving Society of WA will receive $200,000 for Talent Pool, a project targeting children from Wyndham and Kununurra with the aim of reducing antisocial behaviour and incarceration. The project will include school holiday activities combined with weekly accredited training to enable young people to get employment in aquatic and recreation centres;
- the Mental Health Law Centre will receive $200,000 for a new care and protection service for vulnerable families engaged in child protection proceedings. It will provide legal and non-legal services to primary care-givers experiencing family violence to ensure they get practical support to safely care for their children in their own homes and communities; and
- the City of Armadale will receive $59,127 for a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design project in partnership with the local police station and Neighbourhood Watch. A dedicated safety officer will audit houses to reduce crime, improve feelings of security and increase education on community safety.
The grants are funded by money and property seized from convicted offenders under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000.
Local governments and not-for-profit groups can apply for grants of up to $200,000 to prevent or reduce drug-related crime, support victims of crime or to aid law enforcement.
As stated by Attorney General John Quigley:
“This has been a competitive process and I congratulate the organisations which have been successful.
“These grants will fund deserving programs that provide key services to create safer communities.
“It’s pleasing to see regional and remote organisations well represented among the recipients.
“I find it a particularly fitting use of money and other assets the State has seized from convicted criminals.”