FUNDING FOR WODONGA CITY COUNCIL TO ASSIST WITH CRIME PREVENTION

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded funding to the Wodonga City Council to tackle community safety concerns under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Wodonga City Council would receive $140,000 towards the $185,000 project.

The Wodonga City 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.

Wodonga Parks and Reserves Solar Lighting Project will include the installation of 47 solar lights along shared pathways in Felix Grundy Park, Dick Street, Parkers Road and Moorefield Park Drive. This will link other illuminated shared pathways, improving natural surveillance and deterring anti-social behaviour.

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 Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Wodonga Parks and Reserves Solar Lighting 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.”