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Funding available for community safety and crime prevention initiatives

For more information, contact Dave Grills Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

Local government authorities and not-for-profit organisations in the Mining and Pastoral Region are encouraged to apply for funding to implement community crime prevention initiatives.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the Community Crime Prevention Fund and the State Graffiti Fund were now both open for applications.

“One of the most effective ways to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to empower local communities through support for grassroots crime prevention measures,” Mr Grills said.

“I have been working with communities in places like the Kimberley and Goldfields to help develop effective local crime prevention initiatives.

“I urge communities across the Mining and Pastoral Region to consider how these grants could assist in tackling local crime issues, improving safety and strengthening community engagement.”

The Community Crime Prevention Fund supports projects that work to address local crime issues across Western Australia. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects that address one or more of the following identified crime prevention priorities:

- Prevention and early intervention to address the needs of children and families;

- Youth justice and reducing re-offending;

- Preventing and responding to antisocial behaviour;

- Addressing and reducing drug and alcohol related crime or;

- Targeting priority crimes in Western Australia as identified.

The State Graffiti Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to support community project that assist in the clean-up and prevention of graffiti vandalism.

“Graffiti vandalism is a senseless crime that costs West Australians around $8 million a year to clean up,” Mr Grills said.

“The State Graffiti Fund represents a significant commitment by the State Government through the Tough on Graffiti Strategy 2015-2017 to address the scourge of graffiti vandalism within our communities.”

Nationals WA Candidate for the Kimberley Rob Houston said previous rounds of Community Crime Prevention funding had provided crucial support for a number of Kimberley projects.

"The Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Culture Centre, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, Broome Youth Support Group and the Shire of Halls Creek are among previous successful applicants,” Mr Houston said.

“I am pleased that the State Government is continuing to provide organisations and local governments with grants to assist in crime prevention and by doing so, enhance community safety in regions like the Kimberley.”

For more information on the Community Crime Prevention Fund, please visit www.police.wa.gov.au/Our-Community/Grant-funding/Community-Crime-Prevention-Fund

For more information on the State Graffiti Fund, please visit www.police.wa.gov.au/Our-Community/Grant-funding/State-Graffiti-Fund

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au