11 June 2016

Delivering safer communities in Corangamite

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson today announced a re-elected Turnbull Government will provide $120,000 in total funding to install CCTV in the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads shopping precincts.

The funding has been committed under the Coalition’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund.

“Traders and residents in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads raised serious safety concerns with me following several burglaries at retail premises, including a local jewellery store,” said Ms Henderson.

“CCTV can play a vital role in not only deterring crime, but helping police catch offenders. Following my community meeting with the Minister in both towns, I have advocated strongly for this funding to make our streets safer.

The project will be delivered in conjunction with the Ocean Grove Business Association and the City of Greater Geelong.

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will consist of two streams.

• Stream one will boost the efforts of identified local governments and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting).
• Stream two will boost efforts to protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.
This new $40 million fund will build on the previous work the Coalition undertook during Government through Safer Streets Programme and the Schools Security Programme.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Coalition’s community safety record was strong.

“The Coalition has now committed more than $100 million purely to assist local communities in delivering strategies to address crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Keenan said.

“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities and our nation safer.” Mr Keenan said.

11 June 2016