Funds Available for Safety and Crime Prevention

Member for Dawson George Christensen has called on local councils and Police Citizens Youth Clubs to apply for up to $2 million in funding to make the area safer through infrastructure or early intervention crime prevention strategies.

The Safer Communities Fund is aimed at enhancing the efforts of local groups to address crime and antisocial behaviour, and this year it’s been boosted by an additional $30 million confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.

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Mr Christensen says the funds can be for infrastructure such as CCTV, bollards, lighting and crime prevention through environmental design initiatives.

“Grant applications for round three of the Safer Communities Fund are now open and I’m calling on local councils and community groups to apply for the third round of funding to make our streets safer.”

“As well as the infrastructure stream, I’m excited this round of funding includes a separate early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity-based youth engagement projects. This is to support our PCYCs, Bluelight organisations and Youth Off The Streets Limited.”

Mr Christensen says the two funding streams provide a robust example of the Government’s commitment to the safety and security of local communities.

“By empowering local organisations and councils to improve their security infrastructure, addressing crime and anti-social behaviour, the initiative increases perceptions of safety and cohesion, fostering viable and vibrant communities into the future.”

Applications for both the infrastructure and intervention streams close on 25 September 2018.

Information on how to apply is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Stream website at business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or by calling 13 28 46.