Geelong Kokoda Youth Program Background
Since 2007 the Moonee Valley Police Service Area has taken part in what is now known as the Victoria
Police Kokoda Program. This was in response to the long-term disengagement of youth residing in the
public housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne. Many of these young people had adopted
negatives behaviours, started committing offences and had very poor relationships with local police and the
wider community. This was compounded by a lack of positive engagement and direction to guide these
young people in their decision-making.
In 2013 Geelong implemented this model into our region to build on the positive outcomes of a number of
proactive policing initiatives that are already operating in Geelong including:
Operation Newstart Geelong
Youth Support Service police-only referral system
The police cautioning program
High Challenge camps
Targeted intervention by local police Youth Resource Officers (e.g. cyber-bullying).
The Victoria Police Geelong Kokoda Youth Program gives teenagers who have been involved with
Operation Newstart and other local organisations, the opportunity to share a life changing experience
through positive interaction with role models within our local community.By involving local businesses and community groups, it helps everyone understand youth within the community and helps
build a rapport and trust between police, business leaders and young people.
How did we get involved…
Geelong Kokoda Youth Program is funded by our local corporate and community groups.
They have the option to sponsor a young person at a cost of $6,000 or provide a representative
from their business/ group to participate and sponsor a young person at a cost of $12,000. This will cover trekking costs (porters, guides, accommodation, meals), flights from Melbourne to Port Moresby then on to Kokoda, visas, travel insurance, inoculations and equipment.
OCEAN GROVE BARWON HEADS RSL Sub-branch are proud to be part of this amazing youth Program
by each year, sponsoring 1 local young person.
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Geelong Kokoda Youth Program Background
In regard to Osborne House the latest information I have is that the Geelong Administrators have approved the clean up of the mould spores. This entails the removal of all items contained within Osborne House, including the Geelong Vietnam Veterans leased area, the area occupied by the Osborne Park Ass. the Heritage group and other groups and the Maritime Museum. It may also include the area occupied by Rotary, that is, the workshop area.
These items will go into refrigerated containers to kill the spores. This may take some time.
When that time is expired the items will be removed and cleaned. In some cases this will be a substantial job and can only be done by qualified people. Some items may need to be disposed of. Cleaned items will be held in storage off site. We obviously want our items on display somewhere, rather than stored in a container somewhere. We are exploring options in regard to this.
In the meantime we are having our Friday ‘Pay Day’ Lunches and Committee/General meetings at the North Geelong Football Clubrooms, North Geelong.
The CoGG Administrators are not prepared to go beyond the initial financial commitment ( $1.3m) in lieu of a new Council being elected in October. The new Council will want to re- examine the options, develop a budget and decide if such a financial outlay is warranted, given other competing projects. Who knows what the new Council will/won’t do??
While the Association faces some challenges currently, we continue to operate as best we can.
Thank you again for your interest. Please share this information with you Committee/members.
Although the weather was not very pleasant, a small band of members and public came to the service to remember the veterans that were killed in action and those that served in the Vietnam Conflict.
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Next Meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 19 July 2017 and in response to a poll of members will in future commence at 1400hrs.
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2017 BARWON HEADS ANZAC DAY MARCH & SERVICE
2017 BARWON HEADS ANZAC PHOTOS
2017 OCEAN GROVE ANZAC DAY MARCH
2017 OCEAN GROVE DAWN & MAIN SERVICE
General Meeting Minutes April 10th 2017
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15 Members and guests visited the SPIRIT OF ANZAC display at the Geelong Arena on 24th Feb
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