Councils encouraged to apply for funds for community safety


Local councils and community organisations across the North have less than three weeks to apply for funding as part of Round Two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund programme.

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Fund provides grants of up to $1million 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 at risk of racial and/or religious intolerance.

“I strongly encourage councils and eligible organisations to apply for funding for important security enhancement projects, such as CCTV, bollards and lighting for their local communities,” Senator Macdonald said.

Earlier this year, the PCYC received funding for crime prevention programs in Townsville and Mount Isa.

These programs included providing support to the successful Project Booyah initiative, and appointing Crime Prevention Program officers to work with community partners and young people to identify anti-social and criminal issues and trends.

“There’s no doubt local councils and agencies have an important role to play in working with the broader community to boost safety and identify where there is a need for increased security infrastructure,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The aim of this funding is to help them achieve that goal, by implementing practical solutions in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Eligible community groups include incorporated not for profit organisations. For further information on the Fund, visit www.business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or by calling 13 28 46. Applications close on 14 November, 2017.

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