HONG LIM ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITY SAFETY AND GRAFFITI GRANTS

HONG LIM ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITY SAFETY AND GRAFFITI GRANTS

Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

A future Brumby Labor Government will invest in local projects such as the installation of CCTV and the removal of graffiti through a new Community Safety and Graffiti Grants Program, Member for Clayton, Hong Lim said today.

“Labor understands that community safety in the Clayton electorate is a shared responsibility between police and the broader community,” Mr Lim said.

“That’s why a future Brumby Labor Government will provide $5.2 million for a new Community Safety and Graffiti Grants Program.

“This program will build upon the successful Graffiti Clean-Up Grants program, which has supported local government and community initiatives in removing over 150,000 square metres of graffiti over the past three years.

“The program will now be expanded to allow additional initiatives eligible for funding, including the installation of CCTV or improved lighting, crime prevention initiatives, as well as the graffiti cleanup initiatives that currently occur.

“Funding will be available to groups such as local government, Neighbourhood Watch, and other local community groups.”

Mr Lim said that the expanded grants program followed the Brumby Labor Government’s ongoing investment in graffiti prevention and removal initiatives, including the landmark Graffiti Prevention Act, which commenced operation in 2008.

“Graffiti is a crime that damages property and can also harm our sense of safety in the community.

“That’s why we’ve provided police with new powers and new offences to better tackle graffiti, such as a new offence for carrying spray paint near public transport and banning the sale of spray paint to minors.”

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