Four Latrobe Valley groups will improve their own safety and security after receiving grants from the 2015-16 Community Safety Fund.
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said Morwell Baseball Club, Hazelwood Cemetery Trust, Anglicare Victoria and Cooinda Hill have all received grants to help improve security and reduce risks of theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
“Local communities are best placed to identify solutions to local problems, and the Community Safety Grants provide funding that makes these solutions a reality,” Mr Northe said.
“Community groups are the heart of our local communities, and are often managed on small budgets by local volunteers, so crime and anti-social behaviour has a significant impact.”
Community Safety Fund grants for the Morwell electorate are:
Morwell Baseball Club Inc – $10,000 for the installation of security roller doors to prevent break-ins.
Hazelwood Cemetery Trust – $9,900 for the installation of security fencing and bollard barriers to deter theft and property damage at the cemetery.
Anglicare Victoria – $2,930 for a 10 week ‘Drumbeat’ program that aims to divert Aboriginal youth away from antisocial and criminal behaviour using drums and music.
Cooinda Hill Association – $2,280 for the installation of vandal proof external lighting to deter break-ins.
“I commend these recipients for their commitment to their organisations and the wider community, and I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition,” Mr Northe said.
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