The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $55,000 to the Colac Otway Shire Council to tackle community safety concerns under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Colac Otway Shire Council would receive funding for the Queen Street Shared Path – Street Lighting Upgrade project.
The Colac Otway Shire Council is one of 14 Victorian councils sharing in $1.8 million in funding under the latest grant round following a highly competitive application and assessment process.
The Queen Street Shared Path project will see the installation of lights along the Colac-Elliminyt path to deter criminal activity and improve perceptions of safety.
The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants program aims to build community safety and confidence through the development of public safety and security infrastructure.
The funding announcement reflects the Andrews Government’s commitment to supporting local councils, with grants going towards improved lighting, upgrades to CCTV, landscaping and streetscape works, as well as urban design projects that will improve perceptions of safety.
The grants are part of the Andrews Government’s $25 million investment in its Community Crime Prevention Program, aimed at tackling crime and its root causes. This builds on the $19.4 million invested in the program in 2016–17.
Since July 2015, the government has provided more than $13.6 million in PSIF grants to help support 88 infrastructure projects across Victoria.
For further information about the grants visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“The Queen Street Shared Path project will combat unwanted and antisocial behaviour and give residents the confidence to engage and enjoy their community.”
“These improvements will also help boost the local economy by making the space a more desirable and enticing place to visit.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be partnering with Colac Otway Shire Council to help increase public safety in Colac.”