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2011 National Anti-Crime Award Winners Announced

Media Release

25 October 2011

Seven ground-breaking projects which have substantially reduced local crime rates have been honoured in the 2011 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) at Parliament House, Canberra.

Senator Kate Lundy, representing Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor, presented five awards totalling $90,000 to outstanding community-based projects that prevent or reduce crime, and two non-cash awards to police crime prevention programs.

“There was tough competition from a field of 52 contenders, but the winning projects stood out for their outstanding results in reducing local crime and offending,” Mr O’Connor said.

The projects involved Indigenous and rural communities, drug and alcohol-related crime prevention, offenders and victims of domestic and family violence, vulnerable youth and the prevention of ATM robberies.

“This year’s winning projects particularly highlight the importance of breaking the cycle of domestic and family violence, the effectiveness of working with vulnerable young people and early intervention,” Senator Lundy said.

“The awards showcase the importance of partnerships and practical solutions to prevent crime and make our communities safer.”

The three community-led winning projects came from New South Wales, Tasmania and Northern Territory, and received a certificate and cash award of $10,000 or $15,000:

  • The Salvation Army (TAS): The project trains workersand parents to work therapeutically with young children aged 0-5 years who have witnessed family violence, to break the cycle of subsequent alcohol and drug addiction and increased risk of using violence and developing other criminal behaviours.
  • Burbangana Zoo Awareness Program (NSW): To increase a sense of belonging, connection to culture, trust and improved self-esteem and achievement in Indigenous young people aged 11-17 years who have experienced severe physical, emotional and psychological trauma.
  • Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (NT): Provision of a suite of services (tenancy, medical, family support, education and training) for homeless and other Aboriginal people in Darwin.

Two government-funded winning projects came from New South Wales and Western Australia:

  • Multi-systemic Therapy Program Department of Health (WA): The program targets families with a young person with a history of severe anti-social behavioural problems.  The program provides parent/caregivers with the skills to manage the young person’s behaviour and to assist the young person to improve their behaviour.
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program Corrective Services NSW (NSW): A 20 session rehabilitative group intervention program for offenders serving community-based orders or custodial sentences for domestic and family violence-related convictions or related offences.

Two National Police winning projects came from New South Wales and Queensland:

  • Queensland Police Service ‘Weed It Out’ (WiO) and James Cook University ‘Cape York Cannabis Project’ (CYCP) (QLD): This project is based on providing evidence-based interventions focused on reducing harms associated with cannabis use and the associated problems relating to drug misuse in Indigenous communities across Cape York and the Torres Strait regions.
  • Strike Force Piccadilly Two (NSW): An extension of a previous ACVPA award-winning public-private crime prevention partnership led by NSW Police, Strike Force Piccadilly Two is designed to detect and incapacitate offenders, especially criminal gangs involved in gas attacks on ATMs, to employ protective countermeasures (such as gas detection and disabling equipment, bollards and ATM relocations) and to provide forensic assistance through the project partners.

The ACVPA Awards are managed by the Australian Institute of Criminology. 

O’Connor contact: Maria Hawthorne 0407 015 986 maria.hawthorne@ag.gov.au
Lundy contact: Jessica Hill 0407 926 077 jessica.hill@pm.gov.au  
AIC contact: Colin Campbell 0418 159 525 colin.campbell@aic.gov.au