Safer Communities Fund now open for applications

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Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has announced that grant applications for round two of the Liberal Government’s Safer Communities Fund programme are now open.

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

Local councils and community organisations are invited 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, increase feelings of safety, and contribute to the safety of communities that may be at risk of racial and/or religious intolerance.

Mr Porter said investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots would reduce fear of crime and contribute to greater safety and resilience across our local community.

“Having worked as a State Prosecutor for a number of years before entering politics, crime prevention and community safety is an issue that I feel very strongly about,” Mr Porter said. 

“Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure, and the Safer Communities Fund is one way we can help to achieve that. 

“This initiative has already benefitted our local community with funding of $250,000 granted under round one of the program to the City of Swan, enabling them to install closed circuit television cameras to keep the Ellenbrook Town Centre safe from local crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office for further information or to discuss their projects’ eligibility.”

The Liberal Government has now committed more than $100 million to assist local communities in keeping our streets safe from crime and anti-social behaviour and will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities, and our nation, safer.

For further information on the Safer Communities Fund and to apply head to www.business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or call 13 28 46.

Applications close on 14 November 2017.