Engaging Latrobe Valley residents in innovative community projects to reduce crime is a key part of the Victorian Government’s crime prevention plan.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $200,000 for the Moving On Up project, supporting 30 Koori young people to build confidence, social skills and strengthen their cultural identities.

Participants will develop an individual Standing Strong Plan to help them build connections with their friends and family, as well as engage in community, education and recreational activities.

Under the program, they will also participate in a series of workshops, including dance, music and singing.

Berry Street Victoria is leading the project in partnership with local Koori agencies, Latrobe City Council, Youth Support and Advocacy Service, Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment Network, Kurnai Secondary College and Victoria Police.

The government’s $2.2 million Place-Based Targeted Grants program is supporting community-led projects across Victoria to help address some of the underlying causes of crime, including unemployment and youth disengagement.

The government’s broader Community Crime Prevention Program recently received $19.4 million in funding over two years in the 2016/17 State Budget.

More information about community crime prevention is available at crimeprevention.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“Engaging young indigenous people in community activities and programs is critical for the Latrobe Valley, and aims to prevent crime involving at risk youth.

“Giving Koori young people a voice will help reduce the risk of them coming into contact with the justice system, and allow them to make a difference in their local area.”