Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes said today that a number of local community groups will receive funding from a new Liberal Nationals Coalition Government crime prevention project that will support safer local communities.
Dr Sykes said the funding has been awarded through the latest round of the Coalition Government’s Community Safety Fund grants.
He said that the Coalition Government was supporting communities to fund local crime prevention initiatives that will deliver safer, more connected communities.
Successful projects are:
• Benalla Aviation Museum and Men’s Shed Inc - $3,795 for motion sensors, security lighting and alarms
• Cooinda Village Inc, Benalla - $8,000 for overhead street lighting to improve safety in the car park
• Benalla Hockey Association Inc - $2,317 for sensor lights to deter theft and property damage
• Benalla & District Preschool Partnership Inc - $4,944 for security sensor lighting at the Bernard Briggs Kindergarten campus
• Murchison and District Historical Society Inc - $1,367 for a security alarm system at the Murchison Heritage Centre
Nationals candidate for Euroa, Steph Ryan said, “Effective crime prevention requires residents, communities, businesses and all levels of government to work together to improve safety.
“Everyone needs to play their part, and we can all take some simple steps to secure our own property and get involved in local community action to help drive down crime.”
Minister for Crime Prevention, Edward O’Donohue said the Coalition Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program is about facilitating local solutions for local problems.
“Local communities know the community safety problems they are experiencing and know what the solutions are,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“This is about Main Street, not Spring Street, and we are here to help implement those local solutions.”
Dr Sykes said the Community Safety Fund supports local communities to implement practical projects to deter crime and promote safety.
“Community safety projects come in many different forms, from installing security features to undertaking community awareness activities,” he said.
“Over the past three years, the Coalition Government has provided more than $3.8 million to fund 588 projects across the state through the Community Safety Fund.”
The grants are part of the Coalition Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.
Mr O’Donohue also noted that a frontbench reshuffle by Daniel Andrews late last year saw the crime prevention portfolio removed from the shadow ministry.
“There could be no starker indication of how little Labor cares about community safety and crime prevention,” Mr O’Donohue said.
For further information, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au.