Applications are now open for round three of the $30 million Safer Communities Fund to boost public safety and security.
All Australians have a right to feel safe and secure in their communities. The Safer Communities Fund delivers on this by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour.
As well as the infrastructure stream, the third round includes a separate early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity-based youth engagement projects.
These vital projects bring our communities together, build participation at all levels, and encourage organisations to foster long term change with tangible benefits for everyone.
The Safer Communities Fund has already delivered here in Kooyong, with $200,000 provided for the installation of CCTV cameras in Camberwell and Kew.
The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance. This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.
Investments like these have the ability to improve community safety and I urge relevant eligible community groups to apply.
Applications close on 25 September 2018. Information on how to apply for funding is available at business.gov.au/Assistance/Safer-Communities-Fund, or by calling 13 28 46.