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Local councils and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding for Closed Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) and improved lighting under round two of the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund which is now open for applications.

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants up to $1 million for security infrastructure initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviour, help reduce the fear of crime, and contribute to the safety of communities that may be at risk of racial or religious intolerance.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Safer Communities Fund delivered on the Government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

“Gippslanders have a right to feel safe in their communities,” Mr Chester said.

“Likewise, for businesses and communities to prosper, investors and shoppers need to feel safe and relaxed. Strong and prosperous communities are safe communities.”

Mr Chester said the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour was to prevent it happening.

“Investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots will contribute to greater community safety as well as the perception of safety, which is equally as important.”

The Federal Government recently announced $230,000 to fund the roll out of CCTV cameras in the Morwell Central Business District, supporting a campaign from local traders.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan will oversee the Safer Communities Fund.

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

“The Coalition Government has now committed more than $100 million to assist local communities in keeping our streets safe from crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Keenan said.

“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities and our nation safer.”

Further information on the Safer Communities Fund is available at http://www.business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund or by calling 13 28 46.

Applications close on 14 November 2017.

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