Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has called on local councils and community organisations in his electorate to apply for grants up to $1 million through Round Three of the Safer Communities Fund.
It comes on the back of recent funding for new CCTV measures in Tamworth and Merriwa as announced in the latest round of the Fund.
“We’re fortunate here in the New England to live in a level of safety and security which would be the envy of many less developed countries across the world,” Mr Joyce said.
“It is with the help of government programs like this that we’re afforded such safety and that is something we should never take for granted.
“I encourage all eligible organisations to apply for this new funding, which can also be used for security bollards, lighting and crime prevention strategies, so more communities in rural and regional Australia can continue to experience the same freedoms we’ve come to enjoy.”
The Safer Communities Fund is an Australian Government commitment to keep Australians safe and secure by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour.
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Alex Hawke said due to the program’s success, the Coalition Government announced in May an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.
“As well as the infrastructure stream, I’m excited to announce that the third round includes a separate early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity based youth engagement projects,” Mr Hawke said
Applications for the infrastructure stream 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/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/safer-communities-fund-early-intervention or by calling 13 28 46.