Issued: Monday, 16 January 2017
Community groups, businesses and councils with ideas to reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour are being urged to come forward and apply for up to $250,000 in NSW Government funding.
Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant and Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today opened the 2017 Community Safety Fund for local initiatives with a crime prevention focus.
Mr Grant said crime is a social and financial burden that the NSW Government is 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.
“When I travel around the state, I hear from many people including youth leaders, councillors and business owners about their ideas to improve community safety and I urge them to apply.”
Ms Upton said the program, which will see $10 million invested over four years, has already helped make local crime reduction ideas a reality.
“The NSW Government is proud to partner with the community to prevent crime and address the fear of crime,” Ms Upton said.
“This program has funded community initiatives right across the state to enhance the work of Government and law enforcement agencies to combat crime.
“In the inaugural round of the program hundreds of applications were received and I look forward to more evidence-based projects being funded this year that will make our state a safer place.”
The Community Safety Fund aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour through infrastructure and service delivery projects that address local crime hot spots, promote safe and inclusive use of public space, and collaborative approaches to crime prevention and detection.
Further information including application information: http://www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au/