$200,000 to help Horsham tackle youth crime

Youth crime and recidivism will be the target of a new program to help make Horsham’s streets safer.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $200,000 had been approved to tackle youth crime in the Wimmera.

The Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the grant has been allocated to the Centre for Participation for the development of a new framework for identifying, engaging with and providing linked services to highly vulnerable young people.

The program will be delivered through a partnership between the Centre for Participation, Grampians Community Health and Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN.

Ms Pulford said the Connect The Service Puzzle For Youth At Risk Program is one of nine projects across Victoria to share in $1.8 million of funding from the Youth Crime Prevention Grants program.

“I understand concerns of the community around youth offending. This program goes to the heart of the issue to support those at risk of falling into a life of crime,” Ms Pulford said.

“These type of programs can be life-changing and help give young people a fresh start and the best chance to succeed,” she said.

Across Victoria, grants were made available for community-led projects that reduce youth crime and recidivism through early intervention and diversion programs.

The $10 million Youth Crime Prevention Grants program helps local communities tackle the underlying causes of youth crime and recidivism by young people aged 10-24.

Minister for Police, Lisa Neville, said getting young people involved in their community and making them feel supported is an important part of tackling youth crime.

“The Victorian Government is proud to be supporting these community-based programs, given the difference they can make to young people and their communities,” Ms Neville said.

Eight priority communities which have higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist young offenders have been allocated $6.5 million in funding, while $1.5 million has been set aside for Koori Youth Crime Prevention projects.