Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt has today announced the Morrison Government will provide $573,250 for the Esther Foundation, a local not-for-profit in Hasluck providing intensive support for young women to overcome life controlling struggles and issues in a safe, structured and supportive environment.

The funding has been committed under Round 3 of the Coalition’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund.

“Esther Foundation has been a key focus of my campaign, having toured the organisation’s facilities with former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and more recently current Health Minister Greg Hunt.”

“This investment is on top of the $4 million over seven years announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison just this last week which will enable more women and girls to be looked after in a safe and secure environment.”

“The Keep Me Safe Project will be undertaken in Kalamunda and will provide a significant level of security and safety to the hundreds of young women and children who access and reside at the 33,000 square metre site,” Mr Wyatt said.

Esther Foundation director, Patricia Lavater, today welcomed the funds, saying the provision of electronic gates, car park lighting, boundary and entry security cameras and lighting, bollards and security alarm systems would fundamentally alter the site’s safety.

“This type of enhanced security is required, as the organisation's clients and staff are often involved with Family Court Orders, Child Protection Orders, Violence Restraining Orders or escaping abuse,” Ms Lavater said.

Mr Wyatt also said today that the provision of $6,400 to Anglicare WA across several locations in Western Australia including Midland, as well as $1.2 million to the Federation of WA Police and Community Youth Centres to deliver a ‘safe space program’ in Bunbury, Kensington, Midland, Geraldton and Carnarvon would have a significant benefit.

“$234,815 of this $1.2m will go directly to Hasluck to Midland PCYC operations.  This is a significant investment in engaging at risk youth in diversionary and developmental activities to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, a key issue in my electorate,” Mr Wyatt said.

President of the WA PCYC, Geoffrey Stooke OAM said today that the funding was a welcome investment by the Morrison Government, and thanked Ken Wyatt for his advocacy.

 “Ken Wyatt has fought for a great deal of funding for his constituents in Midland, and this is really important because of the prevalence of anti-social behaviour and need to divert young people down more productive paths,” Mr Stooke said.

This announcement comes just a month after Mr Wyatt secured $280,000 of health funding for the Swan City Youth Service, providing a one-stop-shop for young people aged 12 to 25 years providing a range of educational, recreational, life skills, and art and music programs and a variety of services including drug and alcohol counselling, mental health support, weekly medical clinics, and assistance with finding accommodation and accessing Centrelink or any other services required.

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Morrison Government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening. 

The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance. This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.

More than 300 projects will have been delivered by the Morrison Government across Australia over the three rounds to keep Australians safe.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together.

The Morrison Government has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities.

“The Morrison Government will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer,” Mr Dutton said.