Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent has today announced funding of $229, 033 from Round Two of the Coalition’s Safer Streets Programme in Warragul and Pakenham.

The Safer Streets Programme supports communities at the grass roots to help address crime and anti-social behaviour, and boost crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets safe.

Under this funding commitment, the Baw Baw Shire Council will receive $92,083 for the installation of a 15 camera wireless CCTV system along Queen Street in Warragul.

The Cardinia Shire Council will also receive $136,950 for the rejuvenation of Bourke Park in Pakenham, including the installation of path lighting and horticultural landscaping to create a more family friendly space.

“Mums and dads want to know their communities are safe and secure. We’re investing $229,000 in local solutions to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in McMillan,” Mr Broadbent said.

“We’re doing this by using proceeds of crime – money confiscated from criminals – and reinvesting it in crime prevention projects. These are practical investment in communities that need help keeping residents safe.”

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the funding is drawn from the Proceeds of Crime Account – that is money taken from criminals and reinvested into prevention of further crime.

“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening,” Mr Keenan said.

“The Coalition will continue to reinvest money confiscated from criminals and put them towards projects that make our streets and communities safer.

“I congratulate Russell Broadbent for his ongoing lobbying efforts in Canberra to deliver for his communities back home, and to ensure this project became a reality for his constituents.”

In the first funding round, the Safer Streets Programme provided $19.5 million for specific projects for the installation of CCTV and lighting. This is the second round of funding which will be delivered in two streams.

The first stream will fund community safety infrastructure such as CCTV and lighting. CCTV is an effective crime prevention measure that provides significant deterrence to anti-social behaviour and is a valuable investigative tool.  The second stream will deliver crime prevention initiatives by supporting the vital work of PCYC and Bluelight organisations.

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