Applications for the Community Safety Infrastructure Grants are now closed.

The Community Safety Infrastructure Grants (CSIG) support improved public infrastructure to strengthen community safety, security and confidence in public places and support local economic activity.

The one-off grants provided Victorian councils and not-for-profit community organisations, that own or manage community facilities, with funding of between $25,000 and $500,000 (GST excl)

Projects have a primary focus on strengthening public safety and security infrastructure to help prevent crime and improve perceptions of safety using situational or environmental approaches.Funding available

Supporting economic stimulus

The program is part of the government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package aimed at getting thousands of Victorians back to work and assisting communities to recover from the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

Successful projects demonstrated a commitment to supporting local or Victorian suppliers, contractors and businesses in the purchase and installation of infrastructure and the delivery of complementary activities. Find out more about the Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework (External link).

Tenders generated by the program will require contractors to find new employees through the Working for Victoria program (External link) to maximise opportunities for Victorians who have lost employment over the course of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

Funded projects

In 2020, more than $5.6 million was awarded to Victorian councils and community organisations under the CSIG program.

Seventeen councils and 14 community organisations received funding for 31 projects across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to ensure widespread benefits from the public safety and security infrastructure improvements.

Funded projects are listed below by the Department of Justice and Community Safety Regions (External link) that they are located within.

 

Barwon South West
Warrnambool City Council, Greater Geelong City Council, Corangamite Shire

Organisation: Greater Geelong City Council

Project: Public Safety Lighting

Grant funding: $265,900

About the project:

Installation of CCTV and lighting at Stead Park in Corio and Austin Park in Lara to improve perceptions of safety and increase activity at these spaces.

Project stakeholders:

  • Victoria Police
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Community groups and general public who use the local parks

Stimulus impact:

Victorian companies will be employed to source and install the safety infrastructure for the project. The on-going maintenance of the infrastructure will be provided by council contracted services that are Victorian based. The increase of activity in the spaces and infrastructure may assist to encourage residents/community groups to run events from these locations.

Organisation: Timboon Demons Football Netball Club Inc.

Local Government Area: Corangamite Shire

Project: Improved Security and Lighting

Grant funding: $55,000

About the project:

Installation of lighting and upgraded locks at the Timboon Recreation Reserve clubrooms to improve security and perceptions of safety.

Project stakeholders: Club members

Stimulus impact:

All work to be completed by local tradespeople from small, local businesses, which will create a flow on effect for the local community.

Organisation: Warrnambool City Council

Project: Public Car Park Safety Installation

Grant funding: $51,150

About the project:

Installation of CCTV and lighting in the Timor Street carpark in Warrnambool to increase actual and perceived safety. The car park services the town's restaurant and nightlife precinct, and is regularly impacted by vandalism, property offences and graffiti damage.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Victoria Police

Stimulus impact:

Victorian companies will be employed to source and install the safety infrastructure for the project

 

 

Gippsland
Wellington Shire Council, Latrobe City Council, Baw Baw Shire Council

Organisation: Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation

Local Government Area: Wellington Shire Council 

Project: Ramahyuck Safety Infrastructure Upgrades

Grant funding: $77,500

About the project:

Installation of electronic gates, fencing and a shed at Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation's community site in Sale to improve security and safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Local council planning team
  • Building surveyors
  • Aboriginal community members 
  • Ramahyuck key staff 

Stimulus impact:

Local contractors and suppliers will be engaged to complete the works.  Trades include builders, concreters, electricians, plumbers, project managers and planning and approval personnel. It’s envisaged the project will stimulate the local economy after the project has been completed with on-going maintenance.

Organisation: Latrobe City Council

Project: Moe Public Safety Lighting Project

Grant funding: $60,000

About the project:

Installation of lighting at Apex Park in Moe to improve perceptions of safety and encourage greater use.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Latrobe City Council 
  • Victoria Police
  • Members of the community who use the park

Stimulus impact:

Support for local businesses to maintain employment and utilise small to medium local suppliers.

Organisation: Baw Baw Shire Council

Project: Baw Baw Shire Community Safety Improvements

Grant funding: $376,839

About the project:

Installation of CCTV, lighting, fencing and bollards, across eleven sites in Baw Baw Shire to improve public safety and security.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Baw Baw Shire Council 
  • Victoria Police 
  • Local business owners and groups 
  • Sporting Clubs
  • Community groups and residents  

Stimulus impact:

Works will prioritise local contractors who will source their materials locally.

 

Grampians
Horsham Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council

Organisation: The Committee Of Management Natimuk Showgrounds Inc.

Local Government Area: Horsham Rural City Council

Project: Natimuk Greater Community Safety Infrastructure Project

Grant funding: $154,309

About the project:

Installation of security lighting, gates, bollards and speed humps and the redevelopment of a multipurpose netball court at the Natimuk Showgrounds to activate the site and improve security.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Committee of Management Natimuk Showgrounds Inc 
  • Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc. 
  • Natimuk Tennis Club 
  • Natimuk United Football/Netball Club
  • Natimuk Men's Shed

Stimulus impact:

Job creation through construction and operation. It will also support longer term economic benefit with tourism, returning visitors, hosting future events.

Organisation: Northern Grampians Shire Council

Project: Taylors Gully community safety lighting project

Grant funding: $36,650

About the project:

Installation of LED lighting at the car park, pedestrian crossing and playground at Taylors Gully Park in Stawell to improve perceptions of safety and reduce crime in the area.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Taylors Gully Childcare Centre – Marrang Kindergarten and Early Learning Centre
  • Victoria Police

Stimulus impact:

Local businesses, suppliers and workers, providing much needed employment as well as supply chain opportunities. This include local electrical material suppliers, earthmoving companies, underground boring contractors, depot workers and local electricians. 

Organisation: Golden Plains Shire Council

Project: Bannockburn Skate Park Safety Upgrade

Grant funding: $250,000

About the project:

A rejuvenation and upgrade of the Bannockburn Skate Park to improve public safety and security at the site and the broader precinct.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Golden Plains Youth Committee 
  • Bannockburn P – 12 College students  Local residents 
  • Skate Park users
  • Victoria Police
  • Design and Construction Contractor/s

Stimulus impact:

Local employment and supply chain value in the construction activities. It will also source local materials for the construction phase council will encourage tenders to prioritise the employment of local employees/suppliers and Working for Victoria registered workers. 

Organisation: Ararat Rural City Council

Project: Improving Community Safety and Connectiveness in Ararat through Urban Design and Infrastructure Linkages

Grant funding: $200,000

About the project:

Installation of way finding signage, lighting, a new toilet facility and footpaths in Ararat to improve public safety and activate the areas.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Ararat Rural City Council 
  • Victrack 
  • Victoria Police 
  • Community engagement through Ararat North Primary School, Ararat Neighbourhood house, Eastern Grampians Community Health, Pinnacle Disability Service

Stimulus impact:

Local job creation and employment opportunities including landscapers, electricians, carpenters and construction and welders. There are also supply chain benefits such as local metal work suppliers.Council will also encourage the local supply of native plants and seek local gardeners to assist with the planting. Local creative industry suppliers will also be sort for lighting designs and street lighting specialists. 

 

Hume
City of Wodonga, Shire of Strathbogie, Moira Shire Council

Organisation: Wodonga Raiders Sports Club

Local Government Area: City of Wodonga

Project: Sports Clubs Working Together to Improve Safety & Security

Grant funding: $55,981

About the project:

Installation of lighting and security infrastructure for Birallee Park sports centre in West Wodonga to deter crime and improve safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Wodonga Raiders sporting clubs including the Football and Netball Club, Junior Football Club, Female Football Club, and Cricket Club
  • City of Wodonga
  • Victoria Police

Stimulus impact:

Local businesses will be engaged to deliver the upgrades and new infrastructure.

Organisation: Violet Town Action Group Inc.

Local Government Area: Shire of Strathbogie

Project: Towards a Safe and Secure Violet Town

Grant funding: $106,230

About the project:

Installation of safety bollards to prevent vehicle entry to the Violet Town Markets, security lights in the Cowslip Street Shopping precinct and the Violet Town recreation reserve carpark and toilet, fencing and community mural in the Southern Auroa Memorial Garden. This project will increase community safety and deter crime.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Victoria Police
  • Violet Town Recreation Reserve
  • Violet Town Market
  • Violet Town Football, Netball and Bowls Club
  • Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre
  • Violet Town Chamber of Commerce
  • Honeysuckle Recreation and Environment Project

Stimulus impact:

Local job creation through using local suppliers and trades with a majority of goods and services to be purchased from or built by businesses within a 30km zone of Violet Town. The project will support local businesses through improved infrastructure and improved amenities.

Organisation: Nagambie Bowls Club Inc.

Local Government Area: Shire of Strathbogie

Project: Four Community Groups to Receive Funding for Incorporating Security Fencing, Alarm Systems, Lighting & Window Covering

Grant funding: $60,649

About the project:

Installation of fencing, landscaping, alarm systems, lighting at the Nagambie Bowls Club, RSL, Men's Shed and Senior Citizens to increase security, prevent unauthorised entry and increase perceptions of safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Nagambie Bowls Club
  • Nagambie Return Services League
  • Nagambie Men's Shed
  • Nagambie Senior Citizens

Stimulus impact:

Source local goods and services for this project from small businesses that employ less than 20 staff. All plants and pots for landscaping from a local nursery in Shepparton who are a Social Enterprise and also employ staff who have a disability. Tourism will be targeted to bring more bowls players into the town and thus have a flow on effect to local businesses.

Organisation: Moira Shire Council

Project: Operation Luminous

Grant funding: $76,600

About the project:

Installation of lighting in seven locations across the Moira Shire to reduce vandalism and property damage, improve visibility and enhance perceptions of safety.

Stimulus impact:

Procurement from local businesses through council's their procurement process and source local goods and services.

 

Loddon Mallee
Mount Alexander Shire Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council

Organisation: Mount Alexander Shire Council

Project: Mount Alexander Shire Public Space Lighting and Safety Project

Grant funding: $237,090

About the project:

Installation of lighting at the Botanical Gardens and lighting and CCTV at Camp Reserve in Castlemaine to improve security and perceptions of safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Victoria Police Castlemaine
  • Camp Reserve Committee of Management
  • Castlemaine Table Tennis Club

Stimulus impact:

Improving the safety of this popular site will promote an increase in visitation not only to the gardens but also to surrounding businesses. The construction, consultation and design phases will all provide economic benefit to local businesses and the  supply chain flow on during construction will also benefit the local community.

Organisation: Mildura West Cricket Club Inc.

Local Government Area: Mildura Rural City Council

Project: Fencing Project - John Hall Oval

Grant funding: $25,000

About the project:

Installation of fencing around the remaining section of the John Hall Oval in Mildura to prevent vandalism.

Project stakeholders: Members of the Mildura West Cricket Club

​​​Stimulus impact:

All of the contractors involved in the project are local Mildura industries, including the designer, steel provider, powder coating, concrete supplier and the fencer.

Organisation: Greater Bendigo City Council

Project: Protecting People The Heart of our City at Events

Grant funding: $49,505

About the project:

Purchase of relocatable concrete bollards to deter vehicle-based attacks during local events within the Greater Bendigo municipality and ensure public safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Greater Bendigo City Council
  • Local schools and community groups

​​​Stimulus impact:

The ongoing high costs for event organisers to hire bollards is often a deterrent for events located in the Bendigo CBD. This project aims to mitigate this issue and provide a sense of confidence in the CBD and events in public spaces. Other economic benefits include engaging a local supplier, increase in organisations ability to host future events that provide a visitor economy benefit, increased patronage to support local businesses.

Organisation: Gannawarra Shire Council

Project: Atkinson Park - A Safer Precinct for All

Grant funding: $71,840

About the project:

Installation of lighting, CCTV, and a smart bench at the Kerang skate park and library to deter criminal and antisocial behaviour and improve perceptions of public safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Victoria Police
  • Northern District Community Health

​​​Stimulus impact:

Job creation during construction and operation, supply chain construction and operation, other benefits such as hosting future events that provide a visitor economy benefit, in particular Victorian Skateboard Association events.

Organisation: Central Goldfields Shire Council

Project: Lighting Lake Victoria

Grant funding: $150,095

About the project:

Installation of new and upgraded lighting in Princes Park, Maryborough to increase community safety and usage of the park.

Project stakeholders: 

Central Goldfields Shire Council and members of the local community including local football, netball and tennis clubs and other recreational park users for walking, running and picnics.

​​​Stimulus impact:

The economic benefits of this project include local job creation during construction and operation, local purchase of goods for construction and operation, and increased patronage to support local businesses as part of the COVID-19 recovery.

 

North West Metropolitan
Darebin City Council, Wyndham City Council, Banyule City Council, Hume City Council, Melbourne City Council, Yarra City Council, Melton City Council, Brimbank City Council

Organisation: Islamic Society of Victoria

Local Government Area: Darebin City Council

Project: Islamic Society of Victoria Crime Prevention and Improvement of Community Safety

Grant funding: $243,500

About the project:

Installation of fencing, electric gates, lights, bollards, intercom system and delivery of education and personal safety training at the Preston Mosque to enhance safety of the site and deter vehicle-based attacks.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Darebin City Council
  • Victorian Police
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation
  • Board of Imams Victoria
  • Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Somali Australian Council of Victoria
  • Islamic Museum of Australia

​​​Stimulus impact:

Local businesses will be engaged for building, fitting and installing security systems and infrastructure upgrades. It will also provide an opportunity to employ a full-time head of security and technology at the Mosque.

Organisation: The Trustee for Swaminarayan Mandir Vasna Sanstha (SMVS Australia)

Local Government Area: Wyndham City Council

Project: SMVS Community Safety Infrastructure upgrade

Grant funding: $144,687

About the project:

Installation of lighting and an upgrade to the children's play area at the Swaminarayan Mandir Vasna Sanstha centre in Mount Cottrell to improve perceptions of safety and deter vandalism.

​​​Stimulus impact:

Purchase goods and services from small to medium businesses in the local area. 

Organisation: Olympic Adult Education

Local Government Area: Banyule City Council

Project: Heidelberg West Community Hub Revival

Grant funding: $72,705

About the project:

Installation of lighting, fencing, and upgraded security infrastructure at the disused Heidelberg West Community Hub to improve safety and reactivate the site as a thriving community centre.

Project stakeholders:

  • Himilo Community Connect
  • Banyule Community Health
  • Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network
  • Banyule Support & Information Centre   

​​​Stimulus impact:

Local business from West Heidelberg that provide opportunities for disadvantaged, local job seekers and CALD and Indigenous businesses are engaged to deliver this work. 

Organisation: Multicultural Youth Centre Ltd

Local Government Area: Hume City Council

Project: Multicultural Youth Centre Security Upgrades

Grant funding: $183,203

About the project:

Installation of fencing, gates, lighting, upgraded windows and security doors, alarm and PA system at the Multicultural Youth Centre in Broadmeadows to enhance security, deter attacks and improve perceptions of safety.

Project stakeholders:

The need for this project was identified through consultation and a co-design process with community members and key stakeholders including Hume Council, Victoria Police, Board of Imams Victoria, Australian National Imams Council, Himilo Community Connect, Islamic Council of Victoria, East African Women's Foundation and Australian Multicultural Foundation among others.

​​​Stimulus impact:

Provide opportunities to local businesses as well as businesses and tradespeople who have lost employment and business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisation: The Trustee for the Foundation for the Islamic Museum of Australia

Local Government Area: Darebin and Melbourne City Councils

Project: Multicultural Museums Community Safety Infrastructure Upgrade

Grant funding: $287,183

About the project:

Installation of lighting, security upgrades and safety education programs at the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury and the Chinese Museum in Melbourne to strengthen public safety.

Project stakeholders:

  • Chinese Museum of Australia 
  • Local Councils (Darebin & Melbourne) 
  • Victoria Police
  • Local Community Groups  

​​​Stimulus impact:

Victorian companies will be employed to source and install the safety infrastructure for the project.

Organisation: Cultivating Community Inc

Local Government Area: Yarra City Council

Project: North Richmond Place Making Project

Grant funding: $250,000

About the project:

Installation of lighting, wayfinding entry markers, a secure screen/alfresco entry, and contribution to the upgrade of a community kitchen as part of a broader project to revitalise the precinct around North Richmond Community Health to improve safety and engage community.

Project stakeholders: Department of Health and Human Services

​​​​Stimulus impact:

Purchasing goods and services from social enterprises, small to medium enterprises (with less than 199 employees) or businesses that provide opportunities for people who have exited prison, have a disability or come from a disadvantaged background.

Organisation: Melton City Council

Project: Kurunjang Community Strengthening Project 

Grant funding: $200,000

About the project:

Creation of a playground, disc golf course, exercise equipment stations, installation of park seating and picnic tables, and support for initiatives at the Narebar Reserve in Kurunjang to activate the reserve, improve perceptions of safety and support community building.

Project stakeholders: Kurunjang Community Group 

​​​​Stimulus impact:

Investing in infrastructure and source locally as well as engaging local services such as artists, exercise trainers and provide ongoing economic benefit through community events.

Organisation: Brimbank City Council

Project: CCTV in Sunshine

Grant funding: $500,000

About the project:

Installation of a comprehensive CCTV system within the Sunshine Activity Centre, as part of a broader crime prevention approach, to reduce crime and improve community perceptions of safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Brimbank City Council
  • Victoria Police 
  • Sunshine Business Association 

​​​​Stimulus impact:

Local job creation, flow on benefits for local supply chain and support for local businesses.

 

 

South East Metropolitan
Whitehorse City Council, Manningham City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Cardinia Shire Council

Organisation: Whitehorse City Council

Project: Urban Renewal and Safety Improvements - Britannia Mall, Mitcham

Grant funding: $412,500

About the project:

Installation of street furniture, paving, bollards and streetscape works to activate the Britannia Mall in Mitcham to create a safer, more active pedestrian experience in this highly used urban space.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Consumers and traders at Britannia Mall, Mitcham
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • Victoria Police, Forest Hill 

​​​​Stimulus impact:

Source local products and provide local employment opportunities.  The project will provide the community with a more functional, comfortable, safe and accessible public space, which will encourage them to visit more often and shop locally.

Organisation: North Eastern Jewish War Memorial Centre Inc.

Local Government Area: Manningham City Council

Project: Improving Security Infrastructure at the North Eastern Jewish War Memorial Centre.

Grant funding: $60,357

About the project:

Installation of window security screens, a secured porch enclosure, bollards and replacement locks at the North Eastern Jewish War Memorial Centre in Doncaster to improve security and prevent vehicle-based attacks.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Local community of Doncaster and surrounding suburbs
  • North Eastern Jewish War Memorial Centre INC

​​​​Stimulus impact:

Support job creation during construction and operation for local businesses.

Organisation: Greater Dandenong City Council

Project: Improving Safety, Security and Space Activation in Greater Dandenong

Grant funding: $400,000

About the project:

Installation of CCTV, security infrastructure and community engagement within key areas of the Dandenong CBD and at the Springvale Community Hub to improve safety and perceptions of safety.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Local residents in Dandenong, Springvale and surrounding suburbs
  • Consumers and traders surrounding the project sites
  • Victoria Police in Springvale and Dandenong

​​​​Stimulus impact:

The CCTV Installation Program will be supplied and installed by a variety of local businesses. Local service organisations will be engaged to facilitate all community consultations. The projects will encourage greater community use of the assets being fitted for security upgrades. The Youth Engagement Project will procure a variety of educators and artists to assess and then work with young people to install anti-graffiti artwork in the carpark.

Organisation: Cardinia Shire Council

Project: Safely Connecting the Communities of Cardinia

Grant funding: $500,000

About the project:

Installation and/or upgrade of CCTV at four sites and electronic access control systems at seven sites across the Cardinia Shire to improve security and safety. The sites are: Emerald Library and Lake Park, Koo Wee Rup Cochrane Park and pool, Lang Lang Community Complex and Seniors and Memorial Hall, Pakenham Library and Living Learning and Scope Disability, Cardinia Shire and Bourke Park in Pakenham.

Project stakeholders: 

  • Local residents at site areas
  • Volunteers at project sites
  • Victoria Police

​​​​Stimulus impact:

Victorian businesses and local providers will be used for the supply, installation, repair, and maintenance of the component parts and systems.