Bendigo is receiving $232,596 in grants under round six of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Safer Communities Fund to improve safety and help divert local at-risk youth from a life of crime.
The funding means 75 practical community-led projects across Australia will be able to work with high-risk young people to break the cycle of repeat offending. It brings early intervention funding to a total of $69.5 million.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said it is fantastic that our local community had the chance to benefit.
“The Reach Foundation in Bendigo will provide support to local youth to improve their social and emotional welfare, allowing them to build life skills and avoid becoming involved in criminal activity,” she said.
“All local residents deserve to feel safe, and all of our local young people should have the chance to achieve their full potential.”
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood said the additional funding was in response to overwhelming community demand to support marginalised youth by building resilience, strengthening community connections, and job readiness skills.
“These community organisations do vital work in helping get young people on the right track,” he said.
“The challenges we’ve faced over the last two years as a result of the pandemic have only added to the sense of social isolation and disconnection that some young people feel. This program ensures they can get the support and assistance they need.”
“I thank and congratulate the local grant recipients for their ongoing work, which we are proud to support. It’s all about creating a stronger, safer community.”
The funding will be delivered under the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund, which has invested more than $265 million and provided over 720 grants directly to local communities to offer grassroots crime prevention initiatives since 2016.
Assistant Minister Wood’s Office: Mr Ranj Perera 0466 585 409
Senator McKenzie: Chris Williams (02) 6024 2560