Community safety initiatives in Brimbank, Hume and Melton have received a $700,000 Empowering Communities grant to support the development of community-led crime prevention initiatives. 

The development of the initiatives in Brimbank, Hume and Melton will be led by local Action Groups, made up of 10-15 local representatives, bringing together local community expertise with the shared interest of improving safety and addressing crime in their area.

The Empowering Communities grants are part of government’s Building Safer Communities Program which includes grants and a series of community forums across Victoria. The grants will support local communities to design and lead innovative initiatives to address the causes of crime and improve perceptions of safety.

This funding follows on from Building Safer Communities Forums held in Brimbank, Hume and Melton. Attendees included local young people, local council, community agencies supporting young people, school leaders, key state government departments, Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers and Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.

The Brimbank and Hume forums held in late 2020 heard from local young people about the challenges and personal safety issues they face. The Melton forum held in Melton in March 2021 had a focus on fostering community connections and inclusion, to improve safety and perceptions of safety in Melton. Further forums will be held in 2021 and 2022.

The Empowering Communities grants recognise that communities are well placed to deliver effective, innovative and sustainable crime prevention approaches when they have access to resources, expertise and practical tools, and are united by a common goal.

Find out more about the work being done to empower communities.