New u-turn for youth

By Ewen McRae

Melton council has received a $200,000 grant to help it continue tackling youth crime and help young people reconnect with their communities.

The council’s UTURN193 program has been chosen for a Youth Crime Prevention Grant, with Melton MP Steve McGhie saying it had a strong record of success.

The program is aimed at vulnerable culturally and linguistically diverse young people aged 10 to 24 who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

“Melton young people can continue to access services to help empower them to fulfil their potential and contribute to our community,” Mr McGhie said. “Together we can make Melton a safer and happier place to live.”

The program provides youth project officers for one-on-one case management alongside access to therapeutic wilderness
and recreational activities, including sport, outdoor adventures and participation in the arts.

Melton mayor Bob Turner said the program was delivering positive outcomes for the local community.

“This program is making a big difference to a number of young people and it’s wonderful to see this recognised and supported by the state government,” he said.

“Even more young people in the City of Melton will be able get the help they need to turn their lives around through this program.

“Empowering young people to make better choices has a positive impact on the wider community.

“The project partners play a critical role in addressing the needs of vulnerable young people and helping to keep them out of the criminal justice system.”