Monday 26th October 2020

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $436,839 to councils and organisations across West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley to improve community safety and provide an economic boost to local workers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the projects funded from the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants, which include:

  • $60,000 to Latrobe City Council to deliver the Moe Public Safety Lighting Project, which includes Installation of lighting at Apex Park in Moe to improve perceptions of safety and encourage greater use.
  • $376,839 to Baw Baw Shire Council to deliver Community Safety Improvements in Drouin, Warragul, Trafalgar, Rokeby, Rawson and Longwarry. This includes Installation of CCTV, lighting, fencing and bollards to improve public safety and security.

These are some 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 to public safety and security.,

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 Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Congratulations to Baw Baw Shire Council and Latrobe City Council on receiving these grants and for their hard work in keeping their communities safe.”