Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Justice Matters

WA Labor unveils community safety plan for suburbs and towns

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will combat crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities by providing $16million over four years to its SAFER Suburbs SAFER Towns fund, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will reverse the Barnett Government's bad decision to slash the Community Safety and Crime Prevention fund.

WA Labor will double the amount available under this fund to $4.03million per year and rename it the SAFER Suburbs SAFER Towns fund.

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

"The program will provide more than $4million per year in grants for local governments, not-for profit organisations and Aboriginal corporations registered under the Corporations Act.

"It is a grants program that supports and works with the local community to prevent crime in their suburbs."

Mr McGowan said the fund would consist of two categories:

  1. Keeping our Suburbs and Towns Safe; and
  2. Preventing Crime in our Suburbs.

"The Keeping our Suburbs and Towns Safe category is aimed at improving the security of our suburbs and towns, and reducing the fear of crime," he said.

Mr McGowan said grants of up to $25,000 would be made available to local governments, non-government organisations, community groups and Aboriginal corporations registered under the Corporations Act for community safety items like: 

  • CCTV and the technology supporting CCTV;
  • Security device programs; and
  • Other crime prevention devices, such as security screens, locks and lighting for groups such as sporting clubs.

"The Preventing Crime in our Suburbs category will be used to support initiatives that combat anti-social behaviour and support the prevention of crime," he said.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor's announcement this week to provide 500 extra police officers would also make our communities safer and ensure police officers remain at PCYCs.

"WA Labor will guarantee PCYCs will remain open," he said.

"We believe that PCYCs play an important role in developing a positive relationship between our youth and police, and help to break down the barriers which can develop between youth at risk and our police force."

Mr McGowan also reaffirmed WA Labor's commitment to continue the Safety and Security Rebate scheme and also boost it from $400 to $600.

"The Liberal-National Government will not continue the seniors Safety and Security Rebate scheme beyond 30 June 2013, leaving our seniors without important financial assistance in making their homes safer," he said.

"That's why WA Labor will continue the Safety and Security Rebate scheme and also boost it from $400 to $600, until 30 June 2015.

"WA Labor will make it a priority to work with communities to improve security and combat crime.

"Only a McGowan Labor Government will work with communities to improve security and combat crime in our suburbs and towns."

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