Local projects across Queensland will share in more than $7.3 million under the Rudd Labor Government’s National Crime Prevention Fund.
The projects are part of the $40 million fund that uses money confiscated from criminals to fund community safety infrastructure and youth outreach services.
Queensland Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYCs) and Blue Light organisations will receive more than $2 million from the fund to run 13 projects across the state.
One example of the projects to be financed by the Fund is the Beating the Odds program. The program will run adventure-based activities for at risk 13-15 year olds with the aim of decreasing the rate of non-attendance and behavioural problems in schools, reduce police confrontation and reduce court appearances.
The successful Team Up project run by PCYC Queensland, which focuses on developing social skills, communication skills and coping mechanisms for young people, will receive a $350,000 funding boost. It will be expanded to include up to 30 PCYC sites and engage at least 30 of the most at risk schools in Queensland. In total, it will enable PCYC Queensland to run at least 100 programs, reaching at least 1,000 young people across the state’s most disadvantaged regions.
Thirteen Queensland councils will receive more than $2.2 million to install safety infrastructure including CCTV cameras and lighting. For example, Gold Coast City Council will receive $200,000 to improve community safety through the installation of lighting and CCTV at identified crime hotspots in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Logan City Council will receive $184,000 to install five CCTV cameras linked to active 24/7 monitoring to allow real time response for emergency services in the Woodridge and Logan Central precincts.
Thirteen non-profit organisations will receive more than $3.4 million to run youth outreach and crime prevention projects across Queensland. Funding for these projects is already included in the Budget.