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Money for clubs to boost safety at their facility

Local clubs and organisations are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 of funding to improve security at their clubrooms or facility.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the Community Safety Fund provided groups and sporting clubs with money to install safety equipment such as additional locks, vandal-proof lighting, alarms, fencing and gates and security screen.

“I’m encouraging local groups to apply for their share of this money that will enable them to ramp up security and their facility and improve safety within our community,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Break-ins and damage by vandals presents a huge cost burden to small clubs and community organisations and often means that fundraising money needs to be spend on paying for repairs rather than purchasing new equipment.”

Mr O’Brien said two local groups – Rosedale Men’s Shed and Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club - shared in more than $13,000 in the previous grant round and used their funding to install a new alarms and a new locking system.

“These grants, established by the former Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, help community organisations to bolster security at their facilities to prevent damage and create a safer environment for their members and the wider community,” Mr O’Brien said.

In addition to proving new security equipment, the grants can also be used for the following projects:

  • Education and awareness initiatives that help prevent motor vehicle theft, personal property and residential theft and retail burglaries; and
  • Small-scale improvements and upgrades in public spaces including parks and reserves and streetscapes to encourage more foot traffic.

Mr O’Brien said applications were open to community and sporting groups and councils until 4pm on Friday, 1 July.

For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au.

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