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Issued:Friday, 26 August 2016
Fourteen community projects designed to reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour in towns and cities across the state have today been awarded over $2 million in funding through the NSW Government Community Safety Fund.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said the fund was created to enhance the work of the NSW Government to push down crime and encourage local solutions to boost safety and pride.
“The NSW Government is investing in strong evidence-based projects to promote safety in communities, to engage youth in positive activities and to steer at-risk people away from a path of crime,” Mr Grant said.
“Hundreds of applications were received from communities across NSW proposing a range of safety initiatives with a focus on crime prevention.
“I’m proud communities across the state from Tamworth to Tweed, Port Macquarie to Parramatta and Griffith to Grafton will benefit from this investment.”
Projects to receive funding in the first round of the new scheme include domestic violence behaviour change programs, installation of CCTV and lighting, road safety education programs and a Midnight Basketball initiative.
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the grants are the first to be awarded as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Community Safety Fund.
“Crime has a significant cost to our communities, so supporting projects that reduce anti-social behaviour and offending is a good investment,” said Ms Upton.
“The Community Safety Fund provides a unique opportunity for local communities to be part of the solution to tackle the crimes and safety problems specific to their local areas.
“The NSW Government is committed to working with local organisations, associations and groups to target crime and address anti-social behaviour.”
Applications were received from non-government or not-for-profit organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and businesses to implement local crime prevention initiatives up to the value of $250,000 and were assessed by an independent panel.
Projects funded through the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government Community Safety Fund:
Anglicare ($250,000) in Shoalhaven and Parramatta towards the STOP domestic violence perpetrator program.
Baradine and District Progress Association ($129,432) towards the Living Well Together project which addresses links to crime including domestic violence, alcohol and drug related property and personal crimes.
Blacktown Youth Services Association ($160,000) for The Avenue Café to be a youth drop-in centre every Thursday and Friday night. The Café will be operated by young people with training in hospitality.
Community First Step ($120,000) in Fairfield towards an early intervention and prevention program for juveniles.
Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre ($120,000) towards the Indigenous driving change program in Kempsey, Bowraville and Nambucca Valley. This project will assist in the prevention of unlicensed driving through support, assistance and information provided by youth workers and volunteer mentor driver supervisors.
Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce ($88,000) towards the Light up the Tweed project which will improve lighting in bus shelters using solar power.
McLeay Valley Chamber of Commerce ($208,519) towards the installation of CCTV system in Kempsey, South West Rocks and Crescent Head CBDs.
Midnight Basketball Ltd ($244,500) for a social inclusion program using sport to engage young people in Grafton, Griffith, Blacktown and Foster.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence ($125,000) for the Friday Night Live Youth Program focused on sport and health activities targeting Indigenous youth aged 12 to 18 in Redfern, Waterloo, Glebe and Darlinghurst.
Open Family NSW ($136,480) towards NOSH - Nutrition, Outreach, Support and Health – a mobile street outreach project supporting at risk youth in South Western Sydney.
Rural Outreach and Social Support Inverell ($161,170) towards workshops and information sessions on AVOs with the aim of decreasing breach events in Inverell, Moree, Warialda, Mungindi and Boggabilla.
Tamworth Business Chamber ($250,000) to install CCTV at Bridge Street and at the Riverside and Carter Street sporting fields in Tamworth.
Taree Indigenous Development and Employment Ltd ($150,903) for a Disadvantaged Driver Licensing Support Project in Port Macquarie and Wauchope. The project helps young people to get their license and educates them about safe driving.
Walgett 2020 CCTV ($151,056) to install a CCTV system on Fox Street, Walgett.
Further information is available at: http://www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au