$250,000 grants program for public safety infrastructure in the Geelong region


The Coalition Government has launched grants of up to $250,000 for local councils to fund major projects to prevent crime and make their communities safer.

Member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos, MP  today encouraged councils in the Geelong and Surf Coast region to apply for Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants.

“This new grants program is part of the Coalition Government’s $39 million commitment to community crime prevention and will help councils improve security and community safety,” Mr Katos said.
“The Government recognises that local councils are best placed to develop strategies for addressing local crime problems and these grants will support them to do so.”

Mr Katos said that the grants of up to $250,000 would support councils in developing a variety of public safety infrastructure, including:

•        Closed-circuit television systems
•        Vandal-resistant external lighting systems
•        Security grade doors
•        Perimeter fencing
•        Bollards
•        Window treatments and screens
•        Alarms for community assets and facilities
“Streetscape and amenity improvements in public spaces designed to minimise the risks of crime and support safe behaviour, for example by encouraging mixed-use of open spaces, or enhancing natural surveillance, will also be part of the funding,” Mr Katos said.

He said the grants were part of the Coalition Government’s broader $39 million community crime prevention agenda which includes Community Safety Fund and graffiti removal grants to support local councils and community groups.

“Action on community safety and crime prevention is a high priority for the Coalition Government and this initiative will help to make communities safer across Victoria.

 “Local communities can actively contribute to crime prevention through identifying local crime problems, providing potential solutions and promoting local involvement.

“Community action can achieve practical and positive outcomes and the Coalition Government is committed to supporting Victorian communities to achieve community-based crime prevention solutions.”