Safer Communities Fund now open for applications

Federal justice minister Michael Keenan and Canning MP Andrew Hastie have announced that grant applications for round two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund are now open.

The Safer Communities Fund invites local councils and community organisations 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 and contribute to the safety of communities. 

Mr Hastie said investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots would reduce fear of crime and contribute to greater community safety and resilience across Mandurah and the Peel region.

“Mandurah has already benefited from the government’s determination to help crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour,” he said.

“The CCTV and extra lighting on the Western Foreshore and War Memorial that came online in July was completed thanks to $150,000 from the federal government.

“Many people are rightly concerned about crime in Mandurah, Pinjarra, Waroona and the wider Peel region.

“This program provides an opportunity for local communities to partner with the federal government to do something practical that will counter that problem.”

Mr Keenan said local members of parliament played 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,” he 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.

“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 November 14, 2017.

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