More than 18 months after it was first announced, the State Government’s youth crime initiative, the Target 120 Program, has found a provider in Fitzroy Crossing. Developed in 2017, Target 120 was designed to support youngsters aged 10 to 14 who are at risk of becoming repeat offenders. Originally, the program was set up in Bunbury and Armadale before being extended to nine additional locations including Kununurra, and Port Hedland. After a surge in youth-related crime in WA’s North West, the McGowan Government announced in May 2022 the program would also be extended to the Pilbara and Kimberley with programs to be set up in Broome, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby among others. Now, 18 months later, the provider for the Fitzroy Crossing version of the program was announced in parliament by Community Services Minister Sabine Winton on November 16. In response to questions from Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna, Minister Winton said the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre had been selected as the provider. “I am really happy to announce that the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre, a really incredible organisation in the Kimberley that does extraordinary work in a number of areas, is now rolling out Target 120 in Fitzroy Crossing,” she said. “We know that Target 120 is an important early intervention initiative that supports young people in making positive choices and diverting them from involvement in the criminal justice system. “The key to getting young people engaged, of course, is having place-based people working with young people. That is where the trust starts.” According to Minister Winton, $43m had been invested in the program, including $11m being allocated this year, to ensure funding security for organisations rolling out that program throughout the State. Of the 20 Target 120 sites, eight locations are led by Aboriginal community controlled organisations and a further four are in a partnership between ACCOs and other community service providers. It comes after a group of five children aged 11 and under were arrested in Broome on November 15 after allegedly threatening staff at a local hardware store with a knife, highlighting the region’s ongoing problem with youth crime. The Department of Communities was contacted to provide an update on the Halls Creek Target 120 Program but had not provided a response at the time of publication.