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The attached article by Kate Jones and Ruth Webber from the Australian Catholic University, considers the response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires by the CatholicCare/Centacare agencies from Melbourne, Bendigo and Gippsland. These agencies received funding from the Archbishop’s Bushfire Appeal to introduce innovative programs tailored to the needs of the community and with the aim of building community capacity. However the question of whether the programs are sustainable when existing funding runs out remains open. The article is from the Australian Journal of Public Administration
Prior to the 2010 Victorian election, Heads of Churches called on politicians to recognise that building a safe and just Victoria requires a focus not just on prisons, but on rehabilitation, on prevention, early intervention, and on transition back into the community - prison should be a last resort. Click here for the letter.

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