Public safety grants available to local councils
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Public safety grants available to local councils

The Coalition Government has launched grants of up to $250,000 for local councils to fund major projects to prevent crime and make their communities safer.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, welcomed the announcement and encouraged the Shire to apply for a share of the $39 million available to local councils to improve community safety and implement measures to fight crime and anti-social behaviour.   The ‘Public Safety Infrastructure Fund’ grants program (PSIF Grants) provides councils with funding of up to $250,000 to establish and develop security infrastructure systems which primarily include alarm and lighting systems, CCTV and upgrading other infrastructure measures which will assist in deterring crime in public places.

Mr Bull said, "the Government recognises that local councils are best placed to develop strategies for addressing local crime problems and these grants will support them to do so.”

"Community action can also achieve practical and positive outcomes and the Coalition Government is committed to supporting Victorian communities to achieve community-based crime prevention solutions.

“Members of the community can actively contribute to crime prevention through identifying local crime problems, providing potential solutions and promoting local involvement by working together with local council and police.”

“Action on community safety and crime prevention is a high priority for the Coalition Government and this initiative will help to make communities safer across Victoria,” Mr Bull said.

The grants are part of the Coalition Government’s broader $39 million community crime prevention agenda which includes the Community Safety Fund and graffiti removal grants to support local councils and community groups.

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