Community partnerships to improve public safety are being supported thanks to $700,000 in crime prevention funding for six councils across Victoria to support the development of community-led crime prevention initiatives.

The Knox, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Ballarat, Greater Shepparton and Wydnham LGAs have been approved for the crime prevention partnership funding under the Empowering Communities grants, to deliver community-led projects to improve safety and address crime in these areas.

The funding will build local capability and strengthen community partnerships to implement effective crime prevention projects.

Each LGA will establish an action group including state and local government, a range of community organisations and Victoria Police.

The action groups will be responsible for identifying issues and delivering innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety.

Community forums will also be held in each location with Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria, local community groups and Victoria Police to workshop ideas on the best way to tackle local crime and safety issues.

The Empowering Communities grants are part of the government’s Building Safer Communities Program which includes funding and community forums to support Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety. Melton, Hume and Brimbank LGAs received Empowering Communities grants through the first round of the program.

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. (External link)