Communities have the chance to access funding streams that are intended to boost security and help tackle local crime issues.
Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, encouraged community groups and councils to apply for the Community Safety Fund grants of up to $10,000.
“Not-for-profit community groups and councils, through these grants, can deliver projects that help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement,” Mr Bull said.
“Residents have the right to feel safe while they are in their local community and these grants further encourage that,” he said.
Mr Bull said security screens, alarms, fencing and gates had been funded in the past, while the grants offer small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces.
“The grants can also help fund awareness and educational initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, along with retail burglaries,” he said.
Further information, including guidelines for those looking to apply for the grants, is available at crimeprevention.vic.gov.au.