City of Ballarat Receives $100,000 for Safer Suburbs Program

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia ( April 11, 2011

City of Ballarat Receives $100,000 for Safer Suburbs Program

City of Ballarat Receives $100,000 for Safer Suburbs Program

The Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor today delivered $100,000 for community safety measures in Ballarat, as part of the Gillard Government’s Safer Suburbs program.

“The $100,000 has been granted to the City of Ballarat to implement measures such as closed circuit television cameras to deter crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Through this funding, Ballarat residents will be safer and feel safer in their community.”

“We’re committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as reducing the fear of crime in the community,” Mr O’Connor said. “At the last election, the Gillard Government pledged $5.42 million to extend Safer Suburbs to support over 40 projects across Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.

Member for Ballarat Catherine King said Safer Suburbs will enable the City of Ballarat to install CCTV to improve safety in and around the Ballarat CBD. “I commend the City of Ballarat for embracing the need to improve safety in these areas through community safety measures,” Ms King said.

“The Gillard Government is working with all levels of Government and local communities to make our streets and suburbs safer, and it’s often community-based projects such as this that are the most successful,” she said. Safer Suburbs has already delivered 21 projects worth $15 million across Australia.

Safer Suburbs aims to make city centres and community facilities safer places by funding community safety measures such as closed circuit television systems and street lighting. “Safer Suburbs will further reduce crime and anti social behaviour by funding local initiatives run by not for profit and local government organisations to implement a range of community safety initiatives,” Ms King said.

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