Lismore PCYC granted $75,000 for Bundjalung Midnight Sports program
March 11, 2012
Lismore PCYC will receive a $75,000 grant funded by money confiscated from criminals to fund their Bundjalung Midnight Sports program.
The program will be delivered in conjunction with the Aboriginal Community Justice Group and will operate in Ballina, Lismore, Casino and Coraki targeting young indigenous people aged between 14 and 18.
The sessions will be held in prime time for youth crime – with participants being picked up from home at 5pm and taken to Lismore PCYC, where they will have dinner and undertake educational and sporting activities.
They will then be taken home at 11pm.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare made the announcement with Page MP Janelle Saffin, PCYC President John Maxwell and Lismore Police Inspector Matt Kehoe.
Ms Saffin said the grant would make a huge difference for the local community.
“I congratulate Lismore PCYC and the Aboriginal Community Justice Group for this grant, and thank them for all the work they do in our community,” Ms Saffin said.
“The Lismore Crime Prevention Plan and the Lismore Youth Survey both identified the lack of activities for young people as a contributor to crime.
“This program addresses the problem head-on.”
Mr Clare said money seized from criminals was now helping young people and communities across Australia.
“We’re taking money from criminals and investing it in PCYC’s across the country to help young people who are at risk of falling into a life of crime,” Mr Clare said.
“PCYC’s are terrific organisations. They’re a great example of community policing at work.
“That’s why the Federal Government is supporting the crime prevention work they do.”
The program will run over eight weeks, each session will match a recreational activity like basketball or kick-boxing with an educational component such as road safety, drug and alcohol use and Aboriginal culture.
The eight-week program will run four times a year with 20 young people participating at once.
The funding is part of almost $2 million provided to 16 Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs) around Australia to help young people at risk of falling into a life of crime. The funding comes from the Proceeds of Crime Fund which enables money confiscated under Commonwealth laws to be returned to the community to prevent and reduce crime across Australia. A list of the funded projects is attached. Information regarding crime prevention funding can be found at http://www.crimeprevention.gov.au/.