Friday 13th July 2018

Funding received for Community, Respect and Equality Agreement for Geraldton businesses and organisations

Today, the Honourable Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police and Road Safety publicly announced Desert Blue Connect as one of three recipients of the WA Police Community Crime Prevention Fund (WAPOL) current funding round.  Desert Blue Connect will use this funding for the Community, Respect and Equality project to consult, develop and promote a community agreement for family violence prevention in Geraldton.  The CRE Agreement is one of the actions identified in the first phase of Geraldton’s Community, Respect and Equality Strategic Action Plan for Family Violence Prevention in Geraldton.

Daphne White, Executive Manager Operations at Desert Blue Connect said that the funding was excellent news and this project could now commence.

“During community consultation workshops, it was identified that a community agreement that business and organisations could adopt was high priority,” she said.  “We have worked hard to find funding to start this project so I am pleased we now have funding from WA police to develop the Agreement.”

“The CRE Agreement will be based on the ideals of respect, equality and non-violence in line with the concept of the CRE project.”

“It will also include agreed values based on key violence prevention messages, codes of behaviour and information about family violence prevention.”

Richard Malacari, Regional Manager of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and one of the founding CRE reference group members, will take part in the sub-committee meetings to assist with the consultation and development of key components of the Agreement.

“A Community Agreement is exciting for Geraldton,” said Mr. Malacari.  “It will enable community and business organisations to sign up for a culture that says ‘Yes’ to respect and equality.”

“This will lead to our future families being safer and stronger. Everyone wins.”

A sub-committee will be reviewing the draft as it develops and preparing it for endorsement with the CRE Reference Group.

If you are an organisation or business and are interested in being involved in this project please call Beth, Project Officer at Desert Blue Connect on 9964 2742 or email


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