FUNDING AWARDED TO BOOST COMMUNITY SAFETY

Monday, 21 June 2021

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced The Centre for Continuing Education would receive $300,000 funding to deliver a pilot program that will provide an intensive case management, therapeutic and education approach to support education and employment pathways for young people.

This project is one of 16 projects sharing almost $4.4 million in funding as part of the first round of the Andrews Labor Governments Creating Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants through the Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy.

Applications for the next round of Building Safer Communities competitive grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close on Friday 11 February 2022.

Empowering communities, businesses and key organisations to work together is the cornerstone of the new Crime Prevention Strategy recently launched by Minister Hutchins and backed by a $30 million investment.

A lack of opportunity, disconnection, mental health challenges and addictions are common factors behind crime.  The Strategy complements the Andrews Labor Government’s work to support health, housing and employment to set out an evidence-based approach to address the causes of offending.

For more information go to the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy here: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/strategy

Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins

 “Communities have the knowledge, expertise and passion to reduce crime. This project is a fantastic example of how the State government can support the crime prevention projects that work for local communities”.

 “Stopping crime from happening in the first place is the best way to keep Victorians safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Centre for Continuing Education project will address local needs and engage the community to feel safer and more empowered.”

“Congratulations to The Centre and thank you for your hard work.”

“The Building Safer Communities Grants will implement local solutions by empowering those who are best placed to identify and tackle crime.”