Davies slams lack of Pilbara crime spending

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Mia Davies chats to the media about the reappointment of Barnaby Joyce
Camera IconMia Davies chats to the media about the reappointment of Barnaby Joyce Credit: Daniel Wilkins

Opposition Leader Mia Davies has weighed in on growing crime concerns in Newman saying it is a “disgrace” the State Government is not investing more royalties towards support services to alleviate dire housing shortages.

Ms Davies, pictured, said with the State’s access to record royalties it should do more to implement wraparound solutions.

“It’s a disgrace that communities like Newman are struggling with overcrowding of housing, a lack of community support services and real engagement to address these serious issues while the McGowan Government is sitting on a $5 billion budget surplus delivered by record iron ore royalty rates,” she said.

“I commend the community for coming together to work on a grassroots strategy and call on the State Government to provide appropriate support, including government departments basing senior leadership in the community.

“Appropriate housing, access to support services for those with complex family circumstances and government investment that appropriately reflects the wealth generated for the nation by the region would be a good start.”

The State Government recently committed $1.5 million for the Western Desert Justice Program east of Newman following an election promise from Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel to support wraparound initiatives.

Mr Michel said the issue was complex and the program would bolster efforts to tackle the issue.

“Youth crime is a complex issue which requires collaboration between State Government agencies, police, local government, community services, the business sector and the wider community,” he said.

“The McGowan Government recently committed to further measures at the 2021 State election to continue our work to address youth crime in and around Newman including $1.5 million for the Western Desert Justice Program east of Newman which (includes) therapeutic diversionary options in pre-sentence orders, drug and alcohol services and mentoring.”

Mr Michel said he was committed to listening and acting on the concerns of local members when it came to youth crime.

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