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Communities rewarded for crime-busting projects

Media Release

14 October 2003

Media release from Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Hon Chris Ellison

Projects that address family violence, crime within public housing areas and criminal behaviour among at-risk young Indigenous people have taken out national awards worth $10,000 each at the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards in Canberra today.

Presented by the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, the annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards encourage efficient and cost effective prevention projects.

Senator Ellison said the awards are a chance to reward projects involving local government initiatives, ethnic communities, Indigenous communities, rural communities and a range of other worthwhile initiatives.

"By offering early intervention and simple but effective alternatives to standard police and judicial approaches, these winning projects show that people can have the power to address crime and violence in their own homes and communities," Senator Ellison said.

"Through their success, these projects have shown governments new and innovative ways to help reduce crime and violence in its many forms and wherever it might occur," Senator Ellison said.

The three national awards went to the following projects:

  • The LifeWorks - Family Violence Prevention Program from Victoria, which has helped to reduce violence and abuse through early intervention programs for men, women and children who experience domestic and family violence. The program offers a range of initiatives to encourage safer, stronger, more productive families and communities, reduce generational violence and provide hope for people struggling to enjoy a life free of violence;
  • The Bush Breakaway (Youth Action Program) in Ceduna, South Australia, which has successfully helped young Indigenous repeat offenders or those at risk of offending. This project increased the level of school attendance and performance and significantly reduced involvement with police among its participants;
  • The New Living program from Western Australia which has upgraded older public housing estates to reduce crime and create more attractive living environments. New Living renovates public housing, redesigning parks, upgrading lighting and using Safe City designs to increase security in 16 communities throughout WA.

A further 33 projects will share $101,000 and 22 projects will receive Certificates of Merit.