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Lord Mayor empowers suburban organisations against crime

05 February, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is empowering more than 40 not-for-profit community organisations, sports clubs and local businesses across the city, who will share in more than $262,000 funding under the 2014-15 Suburban Crime Prevention Grants program.

The Lord Mayor said the grants would help recipients to deliver hands-on crime-fighting measures to act as a deterrent to future crimes and make Brisbane’s suburbs safer places to live, work and play.

“As Lord Mayor I am a strong believer that if you immediately fix a window broken by vandals, then you’re sending a message that this sort of anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated and it deters it from happening again,” Cr Quirk said.

“This funding enables these organisations to better protect their business and activities and equip their premises with essential security installations and infrastructure suitable and effective for their local area and circumstance.

“Council recognises that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to fighting local crime and so each grant is tailor-made. Some grants will be used for CCTV systems or lighting but others will be used for signage, anti-graffiti management or even personal safety courses.”

Cr Quirk said one of the grant recipients was the Southern Districts Rugby Union Football Club Inc. in Annerley who had experienced three break-ins within the past 18 months, numerous graffiti incidents, discovery of drug paraphernalia, and illegal dumping of rubbish near the club-funded industrial bins.

“It is heartbreaking to see this much-loved community club be the target of crime. The Club has even put up false cameras to deter vandals, however a grant of $10,000 will mean they can install a CCTV camera system with 11 cameras,” he said.

“It is important for our economy that local organisations can operate confidently and in safe environments without the fear of their hard work being undone through crime.”

Cr Quirk said Council contributed 80 per cent of the total cost of funding for the crime prevention projects proposed by the successful applicants.

“This program encourages participating organisations to develop a sense of ownership for improving safety in their communities and work collaboratively with Council to help reduce instances of crime,” he said.

Since 2012/13, the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Crime Prevention Grant projects have provided more than $575,000 in crime-fighting funding to over 90 organisations across the city.

Organisations interested in applying for next year’s funding opportunities can contact Council on 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au. Applications for the 2015/16 year grants will open in late July 2015. [Ends] FEBRUARY 5, 2015

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