27 April 2017

Delivering safer communities in Corangamite

The Turnbull Government is delivering on our election commitments in Corangamite under the Safer Communities Fund to boost community safety across Australia.

The Safer Communities Fund is a grassroots level grant programme to help local communities address crime and anti-social behaviour and support crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets and communities safe.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said she was pleased to announce that funding of $120,000 has been granted to City of Greater Geelong to enable it to install CCTV camera networks in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove to keep the community safe from local crime and anti-social behaviour.

“As we all know, CCTV and security infrastructure has been a pivotal factor in both solving crimes and preventing crimes,” Ms Henderson said.

“That’s why the Turnbull Government’s Safer Communities Fund is such a significant and important investment in cracking down on local crime and anti-social behaviour in Corangamite.”

“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.

“Following my community meetings in both towns with the Minister last year, I advocated strongly for this funding to make our streets safer.”

Minister Keenan said under the Safer Communities Fund, local councils and community organisations will receive funding to boost their crime prevention initiatives through the installation of fixed and mobile CCTV or lighting.

“The Turnbull Government has a strong track record when it comes to protecting community safety. We recognise that the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening,” Mr Keenan said.

“Our top priority will always be to keep our citizens and our communities safe.”

Further information on the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund is available at www.ag.gov.au/CrimeAndCorruption/CrimePrevention/Pages/default.aspx

24 April 2017