Additional $55 million to create safer communities

Photo: File
Photo: File

Applications have sprung open for the next round of the 'Safer Communities Fund' with places like the Barossa and surrounds eligible to apply for a share in $55.1 million in grants.

Federal Barker MP Tony Pasin said the boost is aimed at improving public safety and securing local councils and community organisations - ultimately to keep Australians safe.

"We all have the right to feel safe," he said.

"The government has delivered on its promise of an extra $20 million to help meet current funding demands, and a further $4 million to address crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots in the Northern Territory."

This handout is in addition to the $41.9 million announced on October 24 this year for 127 activities to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance under round four of the Safer Communities Fund.

The initiative provides money to community organisations, schools, pre-schools, and councils to help implement and boost crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting.

Grants of up to $1 million are available.

"This fifth round brings the total funding allocated under the Safer Communities Fund to more than $180.1 million," he added.

For further information about round five, including how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit www.business.gov.au.