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$2.2 Million in seized assets to fuel local crime prevention efforts

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On Wednesday, Attorney General John Quigley disclosed the beneficiaries of the State Government's Criminal Property Confiscation Grants, amounting to over $2.2 million.

Not-for-profit organisations and local governments in Perth and regional and remote Western Australia oversee projects receiving funding from the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants, focusing on crime prevention and community safety.

The 13 recipients include projects addressing at-risk youth and supporting survivors of family and domestic violence, utilising funds seized from criminals.

Among the initiatives are a seven-day community night patrol, assistance for Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) survivors dealing with drug and alcohol issues, and a project steering young individuals away from the justice system by providing employment opportunities.

The Waalitj Foundation is set to receive $94,200 to enlist a Youth Mentor in the Laverton area, targeting the rising issue of youth disengagement and its correlated increase in anti-social and unlawful behavior.

This program will provide crucial mentoring support and job training.

Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation is allocated $199,797 to support night patrols in Balgo, collaborating with services and police to transport individuals at risk of victimisation or potential offenders to a secure location.

Attorney General John Quigley said he was pleased to see the seized funds directly benefiting the WA community.

"Recovering the proceeds of crime takes the profit away from criminals and I'm very pleased to see the money being redirected to benefit the Western Australian community," he said.

"It's only right that seized criminal assets should fund programs which prevent and reduce the harmful effects of crime."

"These grants also give grassroots organisations across WA added resources to help improve their communities through strategic and targeted programs."

Full list of recipients:

Newman Women's Shelter will receive $200,000 to employ a full-time Martu Youth Worker in Newman and the remote community of Punmu to develop activities to reduce anti-social behaviour and provide drug education;

Waalitj Foundation will receive $94,200 to engage a Youth Mentor to help stem the rise in youth disengagement and the resulting rise in anti-social and unlawful behaviour in the Laverton area. The program involves mentoring support and job training;

Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation will receive $199,797 for night patrols in Balgo which coordinate with services and police. It will transport people at risk of becoming victims of crime and potential offenders to a safe place;

South West Refuge Inc will receive $156,900 for drug and alcohol counselling for people in Bunbury who have experienced family and domestic violence. It will also provide guidance around financial support applications and skills training for better job prospects;

Tenacious House will receive $199,500 for an 18-month residential program in Bullsbrook and Joondalup targeting the causes of criminal offending and substance abuse. It will offer counselling, vocational training and financial literacy education;

City of Mandurah will receive $197,985 to improve residents' ability to be more responsible for their own household and personal safety. The Project Officer will respond to residents' concerns and use data to work with local police;

City of Canning will receive $39,900 to deliver a neighbourhood sport-skills program for young people aged 8-15 years around Bentley and Queens Park, partnering with local sporting organisations;

Ruah Legal Services will receive $197,700 for a Perth metro pilot to integrate legal and non-legal support for young people with co-occurring mental health and legal needs;

Parkerville Children and Youth Care Incorporated will receive $187,912 to employ a specialist family and domestic violence advocate at its Midland centre. The person will work with clinicians to provide services to young people and families impacted by FDV;

Dismantle will receive $195,000 for a Perth project which partners with Reboot, a throughcare recruitment agency to help youth who are no longer under the supervision of the justice system to be inducted, employed and upskilled for up to 18 months;

Sudbury Community House Association will receive $199,966 for an initiative in the Mirrabooka Town Centre which involves the regular presence of outreach staff and the holding of public events to encourage community participation.

Jobs South West Inc will receive $170,352 to work with 60 at-risk young people in the Mandurah area. Case workers will build relationships with them and manage individual interventions; and

Centrecare Incorporated will receive $200,000 for providing services such as mentoring, counselling and recreational activities for children at risk of entering the youth justice system in the Cannington, Gosnells and Armadale areas;

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