Joint Media Release with Assistant Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Alex Hawke MP
- Applications for round three of the Safer Communities Fund are now open
- The programme delivers on the CLP’s ongoing commitment to keep Territorians safe and secure
- The Coalition Government has committed up to $30 million under round three of the programme
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has called on local councils and community organisations in the NT to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Safer Communities Fund.
The Safer Communities Fund is a CLP commitment to keep Territorians safe and secure by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and antisocial behaviour.
Due to the programme’s success, the Turnbull Government announced in May an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Alex Hawke has announced that grant applications for round three of the Safer Communities Fund are now open.
Local councils and community organisation are invited to apply through the third round of funding for security enhancement projects, including for initiatives such as CCTV, bollards, lighting and crime prevention through environmental design initiatives.
“As well as the infrastructure stream, I’m excited to announce that the third round includes a separate early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity based youth engagement projects,” Mr Hawke said
Senator Scullion said the two funding streams provide a robust example of the Government’s commitment to the safety and security of Territory communities.
“By empowering local organisations and councils to improve their security infrastructure, addressing crime and anti-social behaviour, the initiative increases perceptions of safety and cohesion, fostering viable and vibrant communities into the future.
“This critical funding is part of the CLPs plan to make the Territory safe in the face of the law and order crisis unfolding under Michael Gunner and Territory Labor.
“Territory Labor’s do nothing approach to crime in the Territory is badly damaging our community. While crime has spiralled out of control under Michael Gunner’s watch, only the CLP can be trusted to deliver the strong and effective measures needed to maintain law and order in our community,” Senator Scullion said.
Applications for the infrastructure stream are open and close on 25 September 2018. Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Stream website at business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or by calling 13 28 46.
Applications under the early intervention stream will open on 28 August 2018 and close on 25 September 2018. Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Early Intervention Stream website at business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund-early-intervention or by calling 13 28 46.