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Community Grants tackles youth crime in Bundamba

240 at-risk Bundamba youth were engaged in an adventure-based program designed to reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal activity thanks to a $10,000 grant funded by Suncorp Insurance and Queensland Police Service (QPS) as part of the 2012 Safer Queensland Community Grants program.

The ACE (Adventure – Connection – Engagement) Program, was run in partnership by the Leadership Training Centre at Bundamba State Secondary College and the Ipswich City Council, and focused on encouraging self-concept, self-worth and a sense of empowerment in young people through the use of adventure-based learning and encouragement.

The aim of the program was to encourage youth involved to lead a crime-free, healthy and positive life, and encourage their peers to do the same.

Head of Suncorp Insurance, Martin Weatherhead, said the course was a great opportunity for Bundamba youth to turn their lives around, and do something positive for their community too.

“The program encouraged participants to not only turn their backs on a life of crime, but to involve themselves in positive community activities such as education and employment,” Mr Weatherhead said.

The Safer Queensland Community Grants program is made possible by Suncorp Insurance and the QPS, and is designed to enable local communities to develop and implement projects – like the ACE Program in Bundamba – that will improve road safety and help reduce crime and the fear of crime in Queensland.

“We’re doing this because we must have safer Queensland communities,” Mr Weatherhead said.

Since 2011, Suncorp Insurance and the QPS have provided over $350,000 to more than 50 community groups throughout the state to run local initiatives as part of the Safer Queensland Community Grants program.

In 2013, Suncorp Insurance and the QPS have once again joined forces to help make Queensland a safer place to live, work and play by offering a third round of grants.

Applications open on 3 June 2013, and community groups, not-for-profits and police throughout the state are encouraged to apply for a one-off grant between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund their community initiative.

Interested community groups are encouraged to visit http://www.suncorpsaferroads.com/community-grants/ for information and to apply.

Applications for the 2013 Safer Queensland Community Grants close on 31 July 2013.