Tailor-made grants to combat local crime are designed to meet the needs of suburban areas, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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Recently I announced a series of projects across the city to combat local crime.

These projects will work directly with local community groups, empowering them to combat crime in their neighbourhood with initiatives like installing CCTV, conducting education programs, installing better lighting and removing graffiti.

In total Council is providing nearly $250,000 of targeted grants to 40 organisations to tackle local crime and make Brisbane communities safer places to live, work and play.Each organisation has received up to $10,000 in funding for their crime prevention work.

We all understand the important role that local organisations play in our communities. These grants are about empowering these organisations to deliver hands-on crime-fighting measures to act as a deterrent to future crimes. The most effective way for us to achieve positive community results from crime prevention is by listening to what will be effective in local areas and delivering targeted responses.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ response when it comes to fighting local crime and Council has designed this program to offer flexibility in crime prevention.

Each of the 40 grants has been tailor-made to meet the needs of our suburban areas. Some groups will install CCTV or lighting, while others will install signage or even conduct personal safety courses. Other organisations will be fixing damage already caused by vandals to prevent further crime in those areas. Council will provide up to 80 per cent of the funding for projects with the local organisation contributing the balance.

The groups involved include sporting organisations, not-for-profit groups, seniors’ centres and groups, churches, neighbourhood watch groups, youth centres, community areas and small businesses. Overall, groups were selected based on their active involvement in their local community and their ability to affect positive change in their area.

The Burnie Brae Centre in Chermside has received $8698 to install CCTV and lighting, remove graffiti, repair damage to their respite and community food bank buildings, repair a community garden that was vandalised and conduct personal safety courses for members.

Many of these groups have a history of crime prevention work in their communities. These grants are a way to ensure that their previous hard work is not undone.

Our Crime Prevention Grants are just one of the many ways that we are further increasing safety across our city.

Council’s Suburban Crime Prevention Grant projects are an annual program, and organisations interested in applying for next year’s funding opportunities can contact Council on 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Applications for next year’s grants will open later this year.