14 August 2018

Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund applications now open
Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said Round 3 of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund will deliver $30 million to boost community safety and security.

 “Safe communities are strong and prosperous, and the best way to make communities safer and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening in the first place,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This funding can be used for projects to install CCTV cameras and security lighting which provides an extra layer of protection in the community, acting as a significant deterrent as it increases the likelihood of catching criminals.

“This initiative is already delivering more than 200 projects between rounds one and two of the program. Projects have included infrastructure such as CCTV camera and lighting, as well as crime prevention through environmental design initiatives.

“As well as the infrastructure stream, I’m pleased to announce that this third round includes a separate early intervention funding stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity-based youth engagement projects,” Mr O’Brien said.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Alex Hawke said the program delivers on the Coalition Government’s highest responsibility—keeping Australians safe and secure.

“All Australians have a right to feel safe and secure in their communities and the Safer Communities Fund enhances the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Hawke said.

“This expansion will be targeted, in recognition of the important work Police-Citizens Youth Clubs, Blue Light organisations and Youth off the Streets play in delivering early intervention and activity-based youth engagement projects around Australia.”

“These types of vital projects bring our communities together, build participation at all levels, and encourage organisations to foster long term change that have tangible benefits for everyone” said Mr Hawke.
  
Applications for the infrastructure stream open today and close on 25 September 2018.  Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Stream website at business.gov.au/Assistance/Safer-Communities-Fund, or by calling 13 28 46.

Applications under the early intervention stream will open on 28 August 2018 and close on 25 September 2018.   Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Early Intervention Stream website at business.gov.au/Assistance/safer-communities-fund-early-intervention or by calling 13 28 46.
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