A re-elected Morrison Liberal Government will commit $500,000 to invest in security systems and other community safety infrastructure at the new Geelong Gurudwara Sikh Temple to be constructed at Lovely Banks.

The Morrison Government’s Safer Communities Fund enables schools, pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils to enhance their security through infrastructure and other measures such as security guards.

Senator for Victoria, Sarah Henderson, said the Morrison Government is committed to supporting community and religious organisations of all faiths to ensure people feel safe from violence, harassment or anti-social behaviour.

“This $500,000 election commitment would deliver a very significant investment in the Geelong region’s Sikh community. The Morrison Government recognises the importance of investing in safety measures including for places of worship, whether they be synagogues, mosques, temples or churches,” Senator Henderson said.

Liberal candidate for Corio, Manish Patel, said the commitment will ensure the Geelong Gurudwara is more accessible and safer for local residents.

“This Sikh Gurudwara temple is used by Sikh and wider Indian community and contributes to the fabric of our diverse multicultural community,” Mr Patel said.

“Only the Morrison Government has a plan to protect places of worship and keep the community safe.”