COMMUNAL leaders have welcomed a $40 million Safer Communities Fund that will be established by the Liberal Party if it wins the upcoming Federal Election.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan told The AJN this week the money would, in all likelihood, be used for the same purposes as the Coalition’s Schools Security Program, which funded security guards, CCTV and lighting.
“The funding shows the government’s commitment to working with schools to ensure that you, your families and your teachers feel safe at school and in your community,” Keenan said.
“The highest priority of all Australian governments is to keep Australia safe and together; we reject those who seek to impose their world view on others by violence and intimidation.”
The fund has been split into two streams: to local governments and community organisations that need to address crime and antisocial behaviour through crime prevention initiatives; and to boost efforts to protect schools, preschools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.