Minister urges councils to apply for anit-graffiti grants

 Local councils can apply for grants of up to $25,000 to prevent and remove graffiti from their neighbourhoods, Minister for Crime Prevention Edward O’Donohue announced today.

Visiting a graffiti removal site in Frankston with the Liberal candidate for Frankston Sean Armistead, Mr O’Donohue said that applications for anti-graffiti grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 could be made until 20 June.

“Graffiti is a blight on local neighbourhoods and the Victorian Coalition Government is serious about responding to community concerns about this vandalism,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“These grants help to improve the visual amenity of neighbourhoods and increase community confidence in the safety of public places, by funding projects that deter, prevent and clean-up illegal graffiti.

“I encourage councils across Victoria to get together with community organisations and think about ways they can tackle the problem at a local level.”

Mr O’Donohue said that the Labor Party has 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.”

To be eligible for the anti-graffiti funding, councils are required to enter into partnerships with local community groups.

“The Coalition Government recognises that local councils and organisations know what works and what doesn’t in their own communities,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“This partnership approach encourages community engagement in developing and delivering solutions that are tailored to local needs.”

Mr O’Donohue said councils could apply for grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 and for funding for more than one project.

“The first three rounds of funding resulted in grants of more than $918,000 going to 49 councils to deliver a total of 57 programs,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Illegal and unsightly graffiti is a blight on the local streetscape and can make people feel less safe in their own community.

“It is important, as a community, we share the message that graffiti vandalism will not be tolerated.”

The Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants are part of the Coalition Government’s broader $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which provides support and funding for local communities to identify and prioritise local crime issues to help deliver a safer, more secure Victoria.

For more information on the grants, go to http://www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/graffitigrants

Media contact: James Talia 0408 488 334 james.talia@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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