Bayswater North’s Glen Park Community Centre will receive $6752 through the latest round of Community Safety Fund grants to improve security and patron safety at the facility.

Bayswater District MP Heidi Victoria and Kilsyth MP David Hodgett joined last week to announce the funding grant which supports crime prevention initiatives that will deliver safer, more connected communities.

“Effective crime prevention requires residents, communities, businesses and all levels of government to work together,” Ms Victoria said.

“Glen Park Community Centre is a fabulous venue for residents to congregate, learn and to be part of a close-knit community. Now centre users will feel a greater sense of security and safety while at the venue.”

Chief Executive Officer at Glen Park Community Centre, Heidi Butler, said the funding would provide security screen and additional lighting to assist in decreasing unlawful entry to the centre.

“The funding will not only provide the money needed to increase security at the centre, it will also increase the safety for users.

“The addition of sensor lighting will provide much needed security for after-hours or after daylight users of the centre, and allow the community to feel safer whilst doing it,” Ms Butler said.

The Coalition Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program is about facilitating local solutions for local problems.

“Local communities know the community safety problems they are experiencing and know what the solutions are,” Mr Hodgett said.

“Everyone needs to play their part, and we can all take some simple steps to secure our own property and get involved in local community action to help drive down crime.”

In the past three years, the Coalition Government has provided more than $3.8 million to fund 588 projects across the state through the Community Safety Fund

For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au