Labor candidate for Cowper Alfredo Navarro wants seized proceeds of crime to be used to repair damage to communities.
Labor candidate for Cowper Alfredo Navarro wants seized proceeds of crime to be used to repair damage to communities. Rob Wright

Labor's Alfredo Navarro wants bad guys to pay - literally

LABOR candidate for Labor, Alfredo Navarro, reckons communities should have the last laugh on crooks and thieves.

He supports putting seized proceeds of crime back into youth projects and protection programs that can be accessed through grants provided by Labor's National Crime Prevention Fund.

The Federal Government is encouraging Police Citizens Youth Clubs, local councils and not-for-profit community groups to seek a share of the $40 million now available

"Certainly I support using the resource to support local funding for our young people through the PCYC, councils and youth groups," he said.

"This Labor-funded program is an ideal way to help the people of Cowper.

"It provides assistance with security, infrastructure, and crime prevention.

"Grants to our local council will ease the cost of much needed CCTV systems and lighting.

"Youth mentoring programs will help identify the needs of our younger community members by giving them positive experiences, while creating greater opportunities for employment."

The National Crime Prevention Fund was announced last month by Labor Justice Minister Jason Clare.

It targets crime hotspots and will fund grants to local councils for safety infrastructure including closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and lighting, youth mentoring and outreach programs run by not-for-profit community organisations including Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets, Police Citizens Youth Clubs and Blue Light organisations.

The grants are being funded by assets seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Fund.

Applications are now open and close on May 29.

Further information, grant guidelines and application forms are available at www.crimeprevention.gov.au



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