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Tuesday, 26 May 2009
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Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 10 February 2009:

In respect of the Government’s funding of organisations and projects between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009:

(a)   which organisations and projects based in the Moncrieff electorate received funding from the Minister’s department;

(b)   what some of funding did each organisation and project receive; and

(c)   for what purpose was each funding commitment made.


Mr Debus (Minister for Home Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Details of organisations and projects that were funded by the Attorney-General’s Department in the Moncrieff Electorate between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009 are set out in the below table;

Project and/or Organisation

Total Funding

Purpose of Funding

Gold Coast Legal Service (and Citizens Advice Bureau) *

$409,312

Community Legal Services Program. To provide legal assistance services to disadvantaged members of the community, including those with disabilities.

Gold Coast City Council

$32,000

Natural Disaster Mitigation Program, Storm Tide Decision Support System. For the development of a visually-based, adaptable software tool to assist in emergency management planning for, and identification and evacuation of at-risk populations during, storm tide events.

Benowa State High School P&C Association **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project installs security mesh window screens to the business education building of the Benowa State High School. This crime prevention measure will act as a deterrent and protect the investment in technology.

Broadbeach Junior AFL Football Club **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project will provide a CCTV system to deter vandalism of Broadbeach Junior AFL club facilities and deter petty crime during games.

Broadbeach Kindergarten **

$4,026

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project will install a CCTV system at the Broadbeach Kindergarten to deter and record crime at the site.

Broadbeach State School P&C Association **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. The project will install a CCTV system to monitor the boundaries of Broadbeach State School.

Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club Inc. **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project purchases lockers to store valuables to keep club members' property safe whilst they do beach and water patrols.

Chevron Island Village Incorporating Cronin Island **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project procures equipment to provide the means to initiate and complete a consultative study, with educational materials and electronic seminars between out community and authorities, on feasible, effective and efficient crime prevention measures for the community.

Combined Martial Arts Academy Social Club **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project purchases a microphone and speakers, a laptop, kick shields and wave masters. The equipment will be used to conduct self defence seminars and workshops for the community.

Croatian Sports Centre Gold Coast Inc **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project installs a security system to the Croatian Sports Centre. This crime prevention measure is aimed at discouraging criminal and unruly behaviour.

Gold Coast Pistol Club LTD **

$5,000

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project provides a reliable and consistent power source to the security system that will overcome nuisance tripping and power outages. The aim of the project is to prevent the number of occurrences of security system failures.

Southport Pony & Hack Club **

$2,500

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. This project installs sensor lighting to illuminate the Southport Pony & Hack Club car parking area, where there have been thefts from vehicles. Secondly the project allows for a qualified self defence coach to facilitate an educational self defence workshop on Club grounds for the participation of the Club's women and children to equip them with basic self defence skills.

Transformation Ministries International Limited **

$2,045

National Community Crime Prevention Programme Small Grant. The organisation would like to incorporate recreational activities such as camping, boating and fishing into the Transformational Ministries Rehabilitation program, to help divert individuals from drug taking and crime. This project purchases an outboard motor to enable these activities.

Centacare Brisbane ***

$2.85 million

Family Relationship Centre. The centre is a source of information and confidential advice for families at all stages in their life. Where families separate, the centre provides information, advice and dispute resolution (such as mediation) to help people reach agreement on parenting arrangements without going to court.

Centacare Brisbane ***

$0.14 million

Supporting Children after Separation. The program assists children from separating families to deal with issues arising from the breakdown in their parents’ relationship and to participate in decisions that impact on them.

Foundations Child and Family Support Ltd. ***

$0.47 million

Children’s Contact Centre. The centre assists children of separated parents to have contact, establish and maintain a relationship, with their other parent and family members. The services provide a safe place to assist parents with the change over of children and supervised contact where appropriate.

Foundations Child and Family Support Ltd. ***

$0.66 million

Parenting Orders Program. The program assists separating families in high conflict over parenting arrangements. It involves a case worker intensively managing parents and getting them to understand the effect their conflict is having on their children. Family members, including children, can receive a range of services such as counselling, mediation and group work education as part of this program.

Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ) ***

$3.89 million for Qld ****

Family Dispute Resolution. This is a process conducted by an independent practitioner/s to assist members of families, including separated families, to resolve their disputes. Examples of family dispute resolution processes are mediation and conciliation. Family dispute resolution services can help separating families resolve disputes as an alternative to going to court.

Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ) ***

Centacare Brisbane ***

$2.95 million for Qld ****

$0.55 million for Qld ****

Family Counselling. Professional counsellors assist individuals, couples and families, including separating families, to resolve relationship issues that arise at various stages of their relationships.

* The Community Legal Services Program provides funding on a financial year basis. The figure above includes financial year funding for 2007-08, 2008-09 and for one-off funding provided in June 2008.

** Grants were announced by the then Minister for Justice and Customs on 5 September 2007. Contracts were then formed with the Organisations over the next three months, with payments being finalised soon after.

*** Funding for organisations is the total over the two full financial years.

**** RAQ and Centacare Brisbane are funded under Family Relationship Services Program to provide a range of family services. In the Moncrieff electorate, RAQ has an outlet at Mermaid Beach, Centacare Brisbane has an outlet at Clear Island Waters. There is no information available to determine the attribution of funding allocation directly to the electorate for family dispute resolution as funding is provided for the whole of Queensland.