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$700K Grant to Address Causes of Crime and Improve Community Safety.

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Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins MP announced this morning that Wyndham was one of six Victorian Councils to receive a grant from the State Government’s Empowering Communities initiative.

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The Grant will support Council to deliver innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety.

The Empowering Communities Grant initiative is part of State’s Building Safer Communities Program, a foundation of State’s Crime Prevention Strategy. The strategy includes grants and community forums that support Victorian councils and community organisations.

Wyndham Mayor Cr Adele Hegedich said: “The Empowering Communities grant is collaboration and partnership across government and community agencies to address local crime and safety issues in identified local government areas. Wyndham’s approach will be to utilise the strengths that exist locally and the willingness of local people and organisations to come together to build community.”

Wyndham City’s Community Safety portfolio holder Cr Susan McIntyre said Council will establish an Action Group that will be the main decision-making body for determining community safety priorities and how Grant funds will be allocated. The Action Group will lead a Building Safer Communities forum in Wyndham.

 “The Action Group will bring a range of stakeholders together to consider important issues that impact on crime and perceptions of safety in the community, identify priority areas for action and identify strengths Wyndham can build on, including programs that are already underway or planned,” Cr McIntyre said.

The Action Group will also decide on common goals and objectives and will assist Council in identifying suitable local organisations to deliver community safety activities.

The Grant will fund initiatives until 30 June 2024.

For further information on the Crime Prevention Strategy and Building Safer Communities Program visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au