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December 28, 2015

Safer streets are the focus of a new $29 million Federal Government funding round.

Applications are open for round two of the Safer Streets program, to install security related infrastructure such as lighting or CCTV cameras at local crime hotspots.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the grants were open to eligible not-for-profit organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and local government to implement community safety and crime prevention initiatives across Australia.

Mr Chester said better lighting and CCTV cameras in targeted crime areas would help the community to feel safer in Gippsland.

“Applications could target nightclub areas, poorly-lit laneways or public parks that have been identified as experiencing problems with criminal or anti-social behaviour,” Mr Chester said.

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office to discuss their project’s eligibility so we can work together to submit the best possible applications for Gippsland.”

Mr Keenan said local politicians played a key role in working with their community to boost community safety and identify where there is a need for increased security infrastructure.

“Our government firmly believes that all Australians have the right to feel safe and secure, and the Safer Streets Program is one way we can achieve that,” Mr Keenan said.

“More than $19 million in funding has already been awarded under Round 1 of the Program for projects across 150 locations to deliver security enhancements such as better lighting and CCTV in retail, entertainment and commercial precincts.

“Importantly, the Safer Streets Program uses proceeds of crime – confiscated from criminals – to fund these local crime prevention projects.  This means that the crimes of yesterday can help prevent the crimes of tomorrow.”

Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at To apply, please visit

Applications close 2pm on 17 February 2016. 

CAPTION: Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is calling on eligible groups to apply for federal funding to install better lighting and CCTV cameras in targeted crime areas.



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