MEDIA RELEASE: Safer Communities fund infrastructure grants announced

St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Kaleen has been awarded $232,000 to install security and safety upgrades under the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund. The Liberal-National Government has announced projects across the country will share in $9.4 million of grant funding under round 6 of the program’s security infrastructure stream.

Senator Seselja said St Marks serves a congregation of over 400 parishioners from diverse cultural backgrounds.

“The security infrastructure grant will allow St Marks to install a range of security enhancements to deter further criminal and anti-social behaviour, including incidents motivated by racial and religious intolerance,” Senator Seselja said.

“These enhancements will help ensure members of the St Marks community feel safe from violence, harassment and anti-social behaviour as they go about their daily lives.”

“Previously under the Safer Communities program I have been proud to announce funding for Chabad ACT, and the ACT Jewish Centre to install vital security upgrades, ensuring their community feel safe at places of worship and education,” Senator Seselja said.

The Safer Communities Fund enables schools, pre-schools, places of religious worship and community organisations to enhance their security through the installation of infrastructure such as fencing and gates, video surveillance, alarm systems, and the use of security guards.

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood said the Safer Communities Fund is delivering on the Government’s commitment to community safety by supporting locally-driven crime prevention initiatives.

“All Australians deserve to feel safe and secure in their communities. The Safer Communities Fund helps to provide the infrastructure needed to reduce crime and address anti-social behaviour,” Assistant Minister Wood said.

“It is important that we have strong law enforcement and security infrastructure measures in place.”

The Safer Communities Fund is a long-standing program that has committed more than $215 million since 2016 and provided over 600 grants to community project across the nation. 

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The Hon Jason Wood MP 
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory