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Safer communities fund infrastructure grants announced

JMR with Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs the Hon Jason Wood MP

The Morrison Government has announced the security infrastructure projects to share in $9.4 million of grant funding through the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer communities funding enables schools, pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils to enhance their security through the installation of infrastructure such as fencing and gates, video surveillance, alarm systems, and the use of security guards.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the enhancements will help ensure people in our local community feel safe from violence, harassment and anti-social behaviour as they go about their daily lives.

“This new security infrastructure will deter further criminal and anti-social behaviour, including incidents motivated by racial and religious intolerance,” Senator Henderson said.

“The funding will not only improve security and protect communities, but also keep local people employed, boosting local economies.

Successful projects include:

  • $250,000 to Khalsa Shaouni Sikh Temple at Plumpton for security and safety measures including CCTV, lighting, fencing and gates; and
  • $16,000 to the Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral Church of St Albans for new security and alarm systems, fencing and bollards.

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said the Safer Communities Fund is delivering on the Government’s commitment to community safety by supporting locally-driven crime prevention initiatives.

“All Australians deserve to feel safe and secure in their communities. The Safer Communities Fund helps to provide the infrastructure needed to reduce crime and address anti-social behaviour,” Assistant Minister Wood said.

“It is important that we have strong law enforcement and security infrastructure measures in place.”

The Safer Communities Fund is a long-standing program that has committed more than $215 million since 2016 and provided over 600 grants directly to local communities.

31 January 2022

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