Funding available to make streets safer

Funding available to make streets safer

OCTOBER 5, 2017: Grant applications for round two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund programme are now open.

This is about funding infrastructure to improve the safety of our streets and neighbourhoods and more than $1 million has been invested into my electorate in recent years.

It delivers on the Coalition’s commitment to keep Australians safe and secure, because the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

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.

“The need to assist councils and other community groups to improve the safety of our streets and neighbourhoods has never been greater…”

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,” Mr Keenan said.

“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.”

More 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.

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