Publication date: 30 June 2018
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A South Sydney Rabbitohs program to help Indigenous people kick goals in life, wilderness treks for at-risk teens in Bowraville and a mobile youth centre on the Central Coast are some of the initiatives that benefited from the latest round of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's $10 million Community Safety Fund.
Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Police Troy Grant today completed the announcement of $2.4 million to support 16 projects across the state ranging from $250,000 to install CCTV in Lismore CBD to $8,000 for an education program about sexting for teens in the Hunter.
Mr Speakman said the NSW Government recognises that crime prevention begins at the grassroots level and is working with the community to target crime and address anti-social behaviour.
"Locals understand the problems their communities face and play a crucial role in addressing them, which is why we are investing in innovative grassroots projects that will make NSW an even safer place to live," Mr Speakman said.
Mr Grant said we know a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to reducing crime, which is why the government encourages community participation and creative solutions that make people feel safe and proud of where they live.
"I'm particularly pleased to see many projects in country NSW, including Broken Hill, Narromine and Moama, were successful in receiving a grant in the last funding round," Mr Grant said.
"The safety and security of NSW communities is of paramount importance, which is why we are delivering one more round of Community Safety Fund before the end of the year."
The Community Safety Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 for initiatives that tackle local crime hotspots, reduce anti-social behaviour, promote safe and inclusive use of public space and encourage people to work together to prevent crime.
Since it launched in 2015, the Community Safety Fund has delivered $7.5 million to fund 52 projects in communities across NSW.
Information on how to apply for the next round of funding will be provided in coming weeks.