The Federal Government will provide funding of up to $20 million for early intervention projects and up to $10 million for security-related infrastructure as part of its Safer Communities program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Safer Communities program helps ensure people in our communities feel safe as they go about their daily lives.

“We’ll continue to work closely with local councils and local community organisations to identify infrastructure projects that can be supported through this funding,” Mr Drum said.

“The early intervention funding stream will provide support for at risk young people to help them turn away from crime and build positive relationships and skills.”

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood, said the program delivered on the Federal Government’s commitment to deliver safer communities through crime prevention initiatives.

“The early intervention funding stream will help assist young people at high risk from engaging in criminal or anti-social behaviour by building resilience, cultural connections and job readiness skills,” Mr Wood said.

“The infrastructure funding will not only improve security and protect communities through projects such as CCTV, fencing and bollards, it will also keep local people employed, boosting local economies.”

Safer Communities is a long-standing program that has invested more than $215 million since 2016 and provided more than 600 grants directly to local communities.

The guidelines for the early intervention and infrastructure funding streams include information about eligibility and assessment criteria. Applications close July 22 and August 5 respectively.

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