Vince Connelly, Federal Member for Stirling, visited the Edmund Rice Centre WA (the Centre) in Mirrabooka to announce the Morrison Government would provide $1.2 million for the Centre’s ‘Youth Development Project’ through the Safer Communities Fund.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP, said the Safer Communities Fund is delivering on the Government’s commitment to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.
“We have already seen 340 projects funded under the first three rounds, and round four is allowing more schools, places of worship and community organisations to help protect Australians from harm,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
Mr Connelly said that the additional funds from the programme for projects on the reserve list were a welcome investment in the local community.
“The Morrison Government has been working hard to deliver its funding commitments, to give grassroots organisations the support they need.
“I am thrilled to be announcing another $1.2 million for the Edmund Rice Centre (WA) over and above the $1.5 million already announced for investments in Carmel School, Dianella Shule, Maccabi WA and St. Andrew’s Grammar.
“Stirling is one of the most multicultural electorates in Australia. I’m proud of our diversity, and as the local representative will always work to keep our community - and especially our children - safe,” Mr Connelly said.
Christina Ward, Chief Operations Officer for the Centre, said that the project would protect children and the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.
“The project aims to promote social cohesion, address crime and antisocial behaviour, and protect those at risk of attack, harassment and violence stemming from racial and religious intolerance by engaging youth who are at risk.
“Sporting, leadership, arts, youth forums and professional development opportunities will be provided to young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD), Aboriginal and mainstream (particularly low socio-economic status) backgrounds, between the ages of 8-18 years.
“The project has three components: a soccer academy located next to a local Mosque, where the Mosque is the ‘home’ of the academy and WA Police engage regularly with participants and families, a leadership/arts component and a youth outreach service.
It is expected that the new funding will enable the Centre to provide outreach support to over 1,500 young people across the Perth Metropolitan area, as well as targeted programs in key areas such as Ellenbrook, Banksia Grove, Butler, Cannington, and Southern River.