March 5, 2014

Napthine Abandons At-Risk Youth In The West

An award winning crime prevention program for at-risk youth in the West will be shutdown unless the Napthine Government intervenes, State Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson said today.

Operation Newstart assisted more than 2,000 of the State’s most at-risk young people before the Napthine Government withdrew support.

“Keeping Footscray young people in school and away from crime is so important, but Denis Napthine doesn’t understand,” Ms Thomson said.

“Denis Napthine’s $100 million in cuts to Victoria Police is affecting young people and putting communities at risk.”

In 2010, Operation Newstart received a national crime prevention award for helping to reduce court appearances, improve school retention rates and provide better employment opportunities.

“Operation Newstart has proven a success in the West with 480 young people completing the program.”

“If the Napthine Government wants to maintain a shred of credibility in the area of crime prevention then they need to support Operation Newstart in Footscray.
“I urge the Police Minister Kim Wells not to abandon our at-risk youth.”