28 September 2017

Safer Communities Fund now open for applications

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, today announced that grant applications for round two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund programme will open on Friday 29 September.

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

Local councils and community organisations are invited to apply through this open competitive round for funding for security enhancement projects, such as CCTV, bollards and lighting.

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million for security infrastructure initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviour, help reduce the fear of crime, increase feelings of safety, and contribute to the safety of communities that may be at risk of racial and/or religious intolerance.

Ms Henderson said investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots would reduce fear of crime and contribute to greater community safety and resilience across Corangamite.

“As per our election commitment, funding of $120,000 was granted under round one of the program to the 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.  Installation is expected to begin in October and completed by December 2017.”

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

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office to discuss their projects’ eligibility, and to receive all submission details.”

Minister Keenan said local Members play a key role in working with their community to boost community safety and identifying where there is a need for increased security infrastructure.

“Our Government firmly believes that all Australians have the right to feel safe and secure, and the Safer Communities Fund is one way we can achieve that. The Coalition has now committed more than $100 million to assist local communities in keeping our streets safe from 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.”

Further information on the Safer Communities Fund is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund website at www.business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or by calling 13 28 46.  Applications close on 14 November 2017.

28 September 2017