Vince Connelly, Federal Member for Stirling, used a speech in the House of Representatives to announce the successful recipients of Round 4 of the Safer Communities Fund in Stirling.
“We often speak about the benefits of a multicultural society, and that Government’s first priority is to protect its citizens.
“I am proud to represent an ethnically diverse electorate, and I have proven in my military service that I take community safety seriously.
“So I am therefore thrilled to announce that my electorate of Stirling will receive $1.5 million of the Safer Communities Fund Round 4, a grant that represents the intersection of multicultural tolerance and community safety,” Mr Connelly said.
Stirling recipients included;
- Carmel Jewish School receiving $900,000
- Maccabi WA receiving $100,000
- Dianella Shule receiving just over $95,000, and
- St Andrew’s Grammar School receiving $450,000
The Hon. Jason Wood MP, Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, stated that the Australian Government was awarding up to $41.9 million to successful grants applicants under round four.
“The Safer Communities Fund provides funding to address crime and anti-social behaviour through the implementation of crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting.
“Round four of the Safer Communities Fund makes funding available to assist organisations working with children vulnerable to harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance,” Minister Wood said.
Mr Connelly said that the grant included funding for schools, places of religious worship and community assembly to provide safety enhancements such as CCTV cameras, fencing and bollards.
“I thank Assistant Minister Jason Wood for coming over to WA to visit Stirling and meet members of my community.
“I also want to acknowledge local leaders such as Savvas Papasavvas, Justine Sharbanee, as well as Senator Dean Smith, for their tireless advocacy. Justine literally shrieked in delight at this news, because leaders like her know what this will mean on the ground,” Mr Connelly said.