The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1,360,000 to councils and organisations across Western Victoria to improve community safety and provide an economic boost to local workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the projects funded from the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, which includes $250,000 to Golden Plains Shire Council to upgrade public safety and security at Bannockburn’s Skate Park.
This is one of the 31 projects sharing in more than $5.6 million in funding under the 2020-21 Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, as part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package.
The Community Safety Infrastructure Grants program provides up to $500,000 for projects that upgrade public safety and security.
The Skate Park project will address known safety and security issues, in the context of the central park precinct. It will add to Council’s investment at this site, and will also provide an economic boost to the local area.
Projects will commence as soon as it is safe to do so, and where possible will engage employees through the Working for Victoria program, which prioritises employment for Victorians impacted by the pandemic.
The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program which helps prevent crime and keep Victorian communities safe.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins
“Congratulations to the recipients of the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, who worked hard to develop innovative projects that keep their communities safe.”
“The government is committed to helping Victorians recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This support will improve safety and boost employment across the State.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Golden Plains Shire has identified this project as important in dealing with known crime and safety issues, and importantly it will boost local jobs too.”
“This facility is important to Bannockburn residents, and I’m really pleased to see that it’s going to be safer and more secure as a result of this grant.”