Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor and Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann today announced $155,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act for Canberra’s Police Community Youth Club, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing crime.
The Proceeds of Crime Act enables money from assets of crime confiscated under Commonwealth law to be returned to the community.
The new money has been allocated to the Right Turn project, an intensive vocational and personal skills development program for young people at risk of offending. The project will be undertaken at the Southside Fyshwick and Reid campuses of the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“The Government is committed to ensuring that criminal proceeds are returned to the community through projects that make our communities safer, such as intervention programs for youth at risk,” Mr O’Connor said.
“I am pleased to announce this project as one of more than $2.2 million in proceeds of crime projects aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour and potential criminal activity,” said Mr O’Connor.
“The Right Turn program engages young people in vocational skills training, such as small engine maintenance, welding, construction, cooking skills and hair and beauty,” said Ms Brodtmann.
“The program also includes an overnight camping experience aimed at developing team and personal skills,” said Ms Brodtmann.
John Snobar (Brodtmann): 0435 059 099