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National Community Crime Prevention Programme grants announced for Greater Western Sydney projects.



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SENATOR THE HON CHRIS ELLISON MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CUSTOMS MANAGER OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS IN THE SENATE SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

THE HON PAT FARMER MP PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TRAINING

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MACARTHUR FEDERAL SPOKESPERSON FOR WESTERN SYDNEY

MEDIA RELEASE

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone: (02) 6277 7260 Facsimile: (02) 6273 7098

E64/06 19/07/2006

National Community Crime Prevention Programme grants announced for Greater Western Sydney projects

The successful recipients of grants totalling $1.4 million to develop crime prevention projects in Greater Western Sydney announced today will support grass-roots initiatives by 10 organisations to prevent crime in the rapidly growing region, said the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, and Federal Spokesman for Western Sydney and Member for Macarthur, Pat Farmer.

“The successful projects are excellent examples of communities in Greater Western Sydney working together and using their local knowledge to provide crime prevention strategies tailored to their local issues,” Senator Ellison and Mr Farmer said in announcing the recipients.

“The Australian Government’s National Community Crime Prevention Programme (NCCPP) was announced by the Prime Minister in May 2004 and recognises the very important role of grass roots communities in delivering effective, locally based crime prevention strategies and projects.”

The Australian Government has committed $64 million to the National Community Crime Prevention Programme with $8 million specifically allocated to funding projects in the Greater Western Sydney region over four years.

This is the second round of funding for Greater Western Sydney, with eight grant recipients receiving a total of $1.7 million in August last year.

The successful recipients this year are:

• Campbelltown City Council - $98,500 (Campbelltown). The Cultural Conflict project aims to reduce hostilities between different cultural groups in the area and manage fear of crime through the use of information kits and implementation of a media campaign.

• Holroyd City Council - $57,090 (Holroyd). The Holroyd Web Watch project will design and establish a community safety website to provide information on crime prevention and safety with a focus on reducing the fear of crime. The information will be available for individuals and organisations and will target specific groups and current issues.

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• Horizon Theatre Company Limited - $129,150 (Bankstown and surrounding areas). The C Red - Creative and Performing Arts Skills for Conflict Resolution project involves partnering with police and other community organisations to provide early intervention arts-based activities for at-risk and marginalised youth, and equip them with alternative methods for crime prevention.

• Karitane - $137,732 (Lidcombe). Through the Adolescent Mothers in Custody - Linking to a New Future for Families project, the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre and Karitane partnership will support extended day visits for children, facilitate parenting education, and evaluate policy and protocols associated with mothers at the facility.

• Macarthur Diversity Services Inc. - $150,000 (Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly). The Focus on Youth Diversity project aims to reduce the incidence of culturally and linguistically diverse youth at risk becoming involved in criminal activity within the Macarthur area. Working collaboratively with various government and non-government agencies and families, the project aims to build positive community relationships, enhance self-esteem and develop skills.

• Macquarie Legal Centre Inc. - $150,000 (Holroyd). Rights and Responsibilities: Your Guide To Staying Out of Trouble is a cooperative project between high schools, police, the legal centre and NSW Legal Aid Commission to conduct a series of crime prevention workshops for high school students in the Holroyd Local Government Area.

• Parramatta City Council - $104,660 (Parramatta). The Suspended: A Youth Support Program will provide assistance for students in years 10 to 12 who are under suspension from Granville Boys and South Granville High Schools. It will provide workshops to support the students' literacy and numeracy needs and develop their social and behavioural skills.

• Rosie's Place Incorporated - $150,000 (Mt Druitt area). The Just A Little Respect project is a primary prevention partnership between Rosie's Place and Streetwize Comics, and addresses relationship violence among young people aged 12 to18 in the Mt Druitt area. The project will develop an educational prevention media resource complemented by a program for young people in local secondary schools.

• Youth Off The Streets - $137,626 (Macquarie Fields). The Doing It Ourselves, A Youth Community Crime Prevention Initiative for Macquarie Fields project will build on the strengths of young people attending the Youth Off The Streets Macquarie Fields Outreach Program. Initiatives will include building bridges between youth and local police, peer leadership and mentoring, service learning, safety for young women and diversionary activities to provide positive alternatives to juvenile crime.

• Women's Activities and Self Help House - $286,850 (Mt Druitt). The Staying Home Leaving Violence project is a pilot casework and community development model enabling women ending a violent relationship to remain in their own home. Through supporting women who choose to stay in their home the project will assess safety needs, seek to improve social, health, economic and legal outcomes for women and their children and promote accountability for offenders of violence.

For more information on the NCCPP and how to apply for grants, visit: http://www.crimeprevention.gov.au

Media inquiries: Senator Ellison - Duncan Bremner 02 6277 7260 / 0409 003 084 Mr Farmer - Nigel Dique 02 4627 9644 / 0421 588 086