Crime does pay ... Tweed PCYC gets car from unlikely source
THE Tweed Heads PCYC is eagerly awaiting the delivery of a new $27,000 Holden Captiva through the National Crime Prevention Fund.
The fund uses money confiscated from criminals to help out with community safety infrastructure and youth outreach services.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot made the announcement on Tuesday at the PCYC and talked about the importance of crime prevention.
"We are taking money from criminals and investing it across the country to help young people who are at risk of falling into a life of crime," Mrs Elliot said.
PCYC youth worker Mario Talary was excited about the delivery of the new vehicle and said he and other staff would get great use out of it .
"It will be great, I service the Tweed through to Murwillumbah area and cover a lot of kilometres in my own car, so it will be great," Mr Talary said.
Independent candidate for Richmond Kevin Skinner said he thought any steps to help youth in trouble was fantastic.
"I think it is a great program and support it to the fullest," Mr Skinner said.
Nationals Candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser said he would always push for funding with regards to community projects, such as the PCYCs, but hoped Labor had done their maths.
"I hope they can pay for it because at the moment Labor cannot do the costing for a chicken sandwich," Mr Fraser said.
Green's candidate Dawn Walker said the programs Tweed PCYC ran were great, but wanted to highlight some other community issues.
"PCYC are a fantastic organisation for our region, however rather than specific cash splashes the Greens campaign is focused on delivering broader systemic benefits for the wider community - such as raising Newstart, publicly funded dental care under Medicare and protecting the region from CSG mining,"Mrs Walker said.
Palmer United Candidate for Richmond Dr Phil Allen said it might be too late for the Labor party.
"I welcome any support the Labor party want to offer our local community, but lavishing gifts at this late stage is rather disingenuous," Mr Allen said.
"Richmond's declining prosperity over the last six years has touched every corner of life here.
"What Richmond deserves is a bigger picture view and with our commitment to increase the aged pension and veterans entitlements, together with genuine regional regeneration, only Palmer United can rebuild the area."