State government offers up to $250,000 for anti-crime projects under Community Safety Fund

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Rathmines residents discuss their crime and anti-social behaviour concerns with Senior Constable Sharm Whitehead, of Lake Macquarie Police District, at a community meeting last year. Picture: David Stewart
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Rathmines residents discuss their crime and anti-social behaviour concerns with Senior Constable Sharm Whitehead, of Lake Macquarie Police District, at a community meeting last year. Picture: David Stewart

THE state government is offering up to $250,000 in funding for security projects such as street lighting and CCTV cameras under the Community Safety Fund.

Local businesses and community groups are being encouraged to submit their crime prevention ideas and apply for funding. 

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said more than $2.6 million was available across NSW as part of the $10 million Community Safety Fund which was designed to help locals make their neighbourhoods safer.

“Crime has a significant impact on our community, which is why supporting projects that improve safety and reduce anti-social behaviour and reoffending is a great investment,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Local residents understand local crime problems. To ensure these problems are best addressed, it is vital for them to have a say in the solution.

“I urge local businesses and community groups to put their heads together to develop creative strategies that will address the specific crime issues impacting their suburbs and towns.”

Attorney General Mark Speakman said grants were available for initiatives that targeted anti-social behaviour, promoted safe use of public spaces, and encouraged collaboration to reduce crime.

“Some of the ideas that have been funded include a mobile youth centre, a street beat program for at-risk Indigenous kids, security improvements for sporting fields, and solar street lights to improve safety for pedestrians,” Mr Speakman said.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, August 10.

For more information go to crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au.

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