Communities across NSW are being encouraged to come forward to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour.
Liberal Member of the New South Wales Upper House Shayne Mallard, urged community groups, council, businesses and organisations to apply for a grant up to $250,000 for ideas to boost local safety and pride.
"As a local councillor for 12 years before entering parliament I appreciate how local communities have great ideas to improve safety.
"It might be a Rotary club graffiti clean up day or security lighting around public transport hubs.
"I encourage local community organisations and councils to apply for a grant." Mr Mallard said.
Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said crime is a social and financial burden that the NSW Government is committed to reducing.
“We know there is always more that can be done to stamp out crime in our towns and suburbs and are working with the community to identify opportunities,” Mr Grant said.
“The reasons and consequences of crime in one region of NSW can be very different to other regions therefore it is important to invest in local solutions.”
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the $10 million program 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 in community initiatives right across the state to enhance the work of Government and law enforcement agencies to combat crime.”
The Community Safety Fund aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour through infrastructure and service delivery projects that address local crime hot spots, anti-social behaviour and promotes 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/