Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Justice Matters

WA Labor makes crime and safety in suburbs a priority

Press Release

A WA Labor Government will establish a Safer Suburbs Fund to combat crime and antisocial behaviour in our suburbs, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the program would support and work with the local community to prevent crime in the suburbs.

"WA Labor is committed to protecting people where they live by combating crime and antisocial behaviour through our Safer Suburbs Fund," Mr McGowan said.

"The program will provide funding grants to local governments, community organisations and Aboriginal Corporations registered under the Corporations Act to help make our suburbs safer.

"It will improve the security of our suburbs and reduce the fear of crime by providing grants for CCTV and technology supporting CCTV, security device programs and other crime prevention devices such as security screens, locks and lighting.

"It will unite the community and the police and support crime prevention initiatives that focus on preventing and responding to antisocial behaviour.

"Prevention and early intervention are important in supporting families and children.

"The program will provide the capacity for community organisations, such as sporting clubs, to play a positive role in re-engaging at-risk youth.

"It will also enable an increase in funding to existing programs such as the State Graffiti strategy, Crime Prevention in schools and the Leavers Fund."

Mr McGowan said during the 2008 election campaign, the Liberals made a promise to combat crime in our communities saying they were 'committed to fighting crime at the grass-roots level'.

"In just four years, the Barnett Government has slashed the Community Safety and Crime Prevention fund by nearly half across the next three years," he said.

"The Barnett Government has the wrong priorities and is neglecting the safety of our suburbs and failing to keep our families safe.

"A WA Labor Government will not only reverse the Barnett Government's bad decision to slash the funding but we will increase it significantly ensuring the safety of our suburbs remains a priority."

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