The 2014-15 Federal Budget includes $3.1m in funding to help local communities in Victoria address crime and anti-social behaviour.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan joined Minister for Small Business and Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson in Mornington and Frankston, where $759,000 has been secured for CCTV and security lighting under the three-year, $50 million Safer Streets Program.
“The Safer Streets Program will use proceeds of crime to fund local crime prevention projects," Mr Keenan said. "This means that the crimes of yesterday will be used to prevent future crimes.
“Our Government committed to help local communities deliver effective solutions to crime hot-spots and anti-social behaviour through a grants programme focussed on retail, entertainment and commercial precincts.
“Bruce has campaigned heavily to secure funding to improve the safety and security of his communities, and I’m proud to be here with him today delivering on these new projects.
“Through this programme we will boost security to reduce street crime and violence, which will in turn improve community safety,” Mr Keenan said.
“All Australians have the right to feel safe and secure and this programme will help achieve that,” Mr Keenan said.
The first round of funding begins in 2014-15 and supports specific election commitments in more than 150 locations around Australia. The $50 million is funded over three years.
Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au.