Crime-fighting funding for local communities

Published 18th January, 2017 in Police & Justice

Local NSW communities with ideas to reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour are being invited to apply for up to $250,000 in NSW Government funding.

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The Community Safety Fund will deliver projects that address local crime hot spots, promote the safe and inclusive use of public space, and collaborative approaches to crime prevention and detection.

Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said crime was a social and financial burden that the NSW Government was committed to reducing to boost local safety and pride.

“We know there is always more that can be done to stamp out crime in our towns and suburbs and we are working with the community to identify opportunities,” Mr Grant said.

“The reasons for and consequences of crime in one region of NSW can be very different to other regions, therefore it is important that we invest in local solutions.”

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the program has already helped make local crime reduction ideas a reality.

“This program has funded community initiatives right across the state to enhance the work of Government and law enforcement agencies to combat crime,” Ms Upton said.

Last year 14 projects received funding through the Community Safety Fund, including:

  • McLeay Valley Chamber of Commerce ($208,519) towards the installation of CCTV system in Kempsey, South West Rocks and Crescent Head CBDs.
  • Midnight Basketball Ltd ($244,500) for a social inclusion program using sport to engage young people in Grafton, Griffith, Blacktown and Foster.
  • National Centre of Indigenous Excellence ($125,000) for the Friday Night Live Youth Program focused on sport and healthy activities targeting Indigenous youth aged 12 to 18 in Redfern, Waterloo, Glebe and Darlinghurst.

The program will see $10 million invested over four years.

For further information and to apply for funding, visit the Crime Prevention website.

Published 18th January, 2017 in Police & Justice