$1 Million Public Safety Grants Announced 10.01.2012

Written on the 10 January 2012

The Southern Metropolitan Electorate is being empowered to improve its own safety and security through a share in $1 million in grants announced today by Minister for Crime Prevention Andrew McIntosh.


Community Safety Fund grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to more than 150 community organisations across Victoria, including in Oakleigh.


Minister for Crime Prevention Andrew McIntosh said Community Safety Grants were about finding community solutions for community problems.


“Through these grants, the Coalition Government is empowering communities to decide what’s best for them, and giving them funding to make those solutions a reality,” Mr McIntosh said.


Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier MLC, said grants had been awarded to local sporting clubs in Oakleigh to improve security and reduce the risk of theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.


Local recipients include the Oakleigh Cricket Club and the South Oakleigh Bowling Club.


“These facilities are the heart of our local communities, and are often managed by local volunteers, so crime and anti-social behaviour has a significant impact.  I’m delighted to be able to help so many communities to provide safer and more secure facilities for local people,” she said


Funding is also being provided for crime prevention education and awareness projects, including arson reduction initiatives in bushfire-prone areas, and theft prevention programs in summer holiday spots.


The grant program was highly competitive, with more than 350 applications received, reflecting the real engagement local people have in working to help make their communities safer. 


“The Coalition Government recognises that local communities are best placed to identify and prioritise issues of concern regarding local crime and safety and is committed to supporting them to do so,” she said


The Community Safety Fund grants are part of the Coalition Government’s four-year $39 million Community Crime Prevention Program, committed to supporting community action on crime prevention to help make communities across Victoria safer.  There will be further grant funding rounds over the next three years.


As part of the Coalition Government’s Your Community, Your Say Crime Prevention program, a series of regional reference group meetings has been conducted across the state, canvassing the views of local communities and ascertaining which measures are most appropriate for different areas.


That process will continue this year, as the Coalition Government remains determined to let communities identify crime prevention strategies that will work for them.


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