The state government has given the County a large grant to help make communities like Bannockburn safer and keep people away from anti-social or criminal behavior.
Just under $300,000 from the Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund will boost inclusive organizations and programs within the Shire community to improve safety and support people at risk of being involved in the justice system.
At places like the Golden Plains Youth Hub in Bannockburn, young people and their extended families will be able to access funded jobs, wellbeing and resilience training and parenting workshops.
Geelong MP Christine Couzens and Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney recently visited the Youth Hub and announced the grant.
“The community of Bannockburn and Golden Plains has fantastic ideas for tackling the causes of crime and these important grants will help bring about positive change in our community,” said Ms. Tierney.
Ms Couzens said the money will enable people in Bannockburn and those across the County to find local responses to the challenges faced by young people and the wider community.
“By investing in local solutions to local problems, we know the community will directly benefit and have safer places to call home,” she said.
The Building Safer Communities program is a statewide initiative and Crime Prevention Minister Natalie Hutchins said the program has produced positive results in other Victorian communities.
“I’m thrilled to see more projects come to life…These grants help local communities create and provide solutions to local issues, we’re delivering funds where they’re needed most and building a safer Victoria for all.” “, she said.
The Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund also funds security upgrades in public places, including lighting and security technology.