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Delivering $6.4 million for safer streets in New South Wales

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

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Release Date: 23/05/2014

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 23520

The Abbott Government will provide $6.4 million in the 2014-15 financial year to help local communities in New South Wales to address crime and anti-social behaviour hot-spots.

The funds, provided in the Budget, will be used towards projects such as CCTV and improved street lighting in public areas and local entertainment precincts.

The three-year, $50 million Safer Streets Programme delivers on the Coalition’s election commitment. It is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

Safer Streets 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
  $20m $15m $15m -

The first round of grants begins in 2014-15 and supports almost $20 million of projects across Australia.

This includes:

  • NSW $6.45m
  • QLD $5.89m
  • VIC $3.09m
  • WA $3.1m
  • SA $0.36m
  • NT $0.30m

Safer Streets is funded through the proceeds of crime. The previous Labor government had frozen these funds so it could be used to improve its Budget bottom line instead of funding the fight against crime.

Confiscated Assets Account 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Reversal of Savings $21.5m $21.5m $9m $9m

Local governments and community groups were asked to identify priority hot-spots for addressing crime and anti-social behaviour.

One hundred and fifty individual projects have been accepted and will be provided funding in the 2014-15 financial year.

The Safer Streets Programme means more security to reduce street crime and violence, which will in turn improve community safety.

All Australians have the right to feel safe and secure and this programme will help achieve that.

Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au.

23 May 2014

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