Hume Community Justice Partnership Project


The Banksia Gardens public housing estate is the most disadvantaged housing estate in Melbourne’s most disadvantaged suburb (Broadmeadows, SEIFA, 2001). The estate has a long history of experiencing issues including violence, crime and its residents being over represented in low health, education and employment outcomes.

Since February 2010, Banksia Gardens has been delivering the Community Connections Project, a place-based community development project on the public housing estate at Banksia Gardens. The work carried out by the project has been nationally celebrated (Winner of the 2012 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards). More importantly, this initiative enjoys strong support and recognition both from its partners and from the local community.

In June 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services discontinued funding for the initiative due to a shift in departmental priorities. Fortunately in August 2014, several conversations with the Department of Justice and Regulations led to the development of the Hume Community Justice Partnership Project.

This project builds on the success of the previous project to develop a specific local area service response to hard to reach communities within the Broadmeadows, Meadow Heights and Coolaroo areas that are currently disproportionately represented in the justice system. A large focus of this initiative is the enhancement of community safety by fostering community participation and by working to reduce the level of disadvantage experienced by tenants of the estate. The project aims to work closely with the Department of Justice and Regulations to provide additional community based supports and resources with which to improve compliance and reduce recidivism.

As part of the project, our organisation will take advantage of several social enterprise opportunities in order to provide local training and employment pathways and to facilitate financial independence and sustainability for the future.

This initiative in funded by the Department of Justice and Regulations until August 2016.