- Regional shires encouraged to apply to tackle graffiti
- Part of Coalition’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program
- Up to $25,000 available until 20 June
Councils can now access grants of up to $25,000 to combat graffiti in local neighbourhoods as part of the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s graffiti grants program.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today encouraged local councils to think about graffiti solutions that would improve the visual amenity of neighbourhoods and increase community confidence in the safety of public places.
“The Coalition Government is serious about responding to concerns about graffiti vandalism, which is why we have committed more than $10 million over 4 years to reduce graffiti through a range of strategies under our anti-graffiti plan,” Mr Ryan said.
“The grants are open to councils to partner with local organisations such as schools, community and residents groups, local police, retailers and trader associations, to come up with local solutions to tackle graffiti.
“These might include design features such as murals, education and information programs, and graffiti removal projects.”
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to stamping out graffiti at a local level.
“Over the past three years, the government has provided more than $918,000 to fund 57 projects across the state through the grants.
Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue said that the Labor Party had shown its lack of commitment to such programs by abolishing the crime prevention portfolio from the shadow ministry.
“When Daniel Andrews reshuffled his front bench in December, the crime prevention portfolio disappeared,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“The Coalition Government is delivering programs to help communities find local solutions to local problems, while Labor is offering nothing.”
“These grants make a real difference and I strongly encourage councils across the state to apply for grants of up to $25,000.”
The Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants are part of the Coalition Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.
Applications close on Friday 20 June and to apply or for further information, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/graffitigrants
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