Local businesses and community groups in the Riverina are encouraged to share their crime-prevention ideas and apply for up to $250,000 in NSW Government funding.
It comes as part of the fourth round of the State Government’s $10 million Community Safety Fund, which is designed to help locals make their neighbourhoods safer places to live.
Minister for Police Troy Grant said the Community Safety Fund was launched in 2015 to support NSW in becoming an even safer place to live, especially in disadvantaged, regional and remote areas.
“The NSW Government is proud to support local projects to help people feel safe and proud of their community because together we can make a difference to reduce crime and fear of crime,” Mr Grant said.
Only July 9, Mr Grant said the fund was established to support local crime-prevention projects, particularly in disadvantaged, regional and remote areas.
“We know local people understand local crime problems and are in the best position to address the issues they’re dealing with day-to-day,” Mr Grant said.
We know local people understand local crime problems and are in the best position to address the issues they’re dealing with day-to-day.Troy Grant, NSW Minister for Police
“As we have seen from the wide range of applications we’ve received so far, the best crime-prevention strategies are often the ones that come from the grassroots level.”
Attorney General Mark Speakman said grants were available for initiatives that target anti-social behaviour, promote safe use of public spaces and encourage 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: visit NSW Government’s Crime Prevention.