Kalgoorlie-Boulder encouraged to apply for Safer Streets funding


17 December 2015:  Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is encouraging the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community to apply for Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Safer Streets Programme, which opened today.

 “I have held discussions with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA Police and Neighbourhood Watch to plan for an upgrade to the current CCTV system,” Mr Wilson said. 

“I have urged them to apply for Safer Streets funding.”

Mr Wilson said investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots would reduce fear of crime and contribute to greater community safety and resilience in Kalgoorlie. 

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office to discuss their projects eligibility and to receive all submission details.”

“Our Government firmly believes that all Australians have the right to feel safe and secure, and the Safer Streets Programme is one way we can achieve that.”  

Round 2 of the Safer Streets Programme will invest up to $29.4 million in individual grants for local government organisations and eligible incorporated not-for-profit organisations, community groups, and chambers of commerce to implement community safety and crime prevention initiatives across Australia.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said local Members play a key role in working with their community to boost community safety and identifying where there is a need for increased security infrastructure.

 “More than $19million in funding has already been awarded under Round 1 of the Programme for projects across 150 locations to deliver security enhancements such as better lighting and CCTV in retail, entertainment and commercial precincts.

“Importantly, the Safer Streets Programme uses proceeds of crime - confiscated from criminals - to fund these local crime prevention projects.  This means that the crimes of yesterday can help prevent the crimes of tomorrow.”

Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au. To apply, please visit https://www.ag.gov.au/CrimeAndCorruption/CrimePrevention/Pages/ProceedsofCrimeAct.aspx

Applications close 2pm on 17 February 2016.  

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