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$4m plan to make state streets safer

By Kyabram Free Press

COUNCILS and community groups across Victoria will benefit from new crime prevention projects as part of a $4 million public safety boost from the state government.

Police Minister Lisa Neville launched the opening of the grants, which will see councils eligible to apply for up to $250,000 under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund, which provides funding for security infrastructure that supports safe communities.

Projects that could receive funding include lighting upgrades, streetscape and other amenity improvements, or the installation of CCTV technology in high-risk areas.

The latest round of Community Safety Fund grants is now open, with community groups and local councils able to apply for up to $10,000 for projects that help prevent crime and strengthen community safety.

Projects that may be funded include new security equipment and infrastructure, education and awareness campaigns to help prevent motor vehicle and property theft, and small-scale, physical improvements and upgrades to public spaces such as streetscapes, parks and reserves to improve community use of these areas.

Visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au for information.