Chance to crack down on crime

By Riverine Herald

COMMUNITY groups and councils can now access grants for local crime prevention initiatives across the Murray Plains electorate.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh encouraged local councils to apply for up to $250,000 under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF).

Mr Walsh said the PSIF provides funding for lighting upgrades, streetscape and other amenity improvements, or the installation of CCTV technology in high risk areas.

“The Community Safety Fund is also now open for community groups and councils to apply for up to $10,000 for initiatives that prevent crime and make communities safer,” he said.

“This program will fund new security equipment and infrastructure, education and awareness programs to prevent theft of property and vehicles, and small scale improvements to safety in public spaces.”

Mr Walsh said action on community safety and crime prevention was one of the highest priorities for communities across Murray Plains.

“Rural communities have been hit very hard under Daniel Andrews’ soft attitude to crime,” he said.

“Under a Labor city-centric government, our regional communities have been thrown to the wolves and there is much to be done to restore community confidence in the safety of our townships.

“I encourage councils and community groups to apply now and begin the process of restoring the community safety we all have the right to expect.”

For further information and details of the application process visit