The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding for the ‘Brightening Bentleigh’ project, improving perceptions of safety and community confidence in the Centre Road shopping strip and nearby laneways.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos to announce a $203,000 grant for the Centre Road shopping strip in Bentleigh, part of the latest round of the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF).

This is the first public safety infrastructure project in the City of Glen Eira and was developed by the community with the support of the Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos.

The investment will see a design makeover for the mixed-use laneway behind the shops, which will see lighting installed along the 230-metre strip of laneway, eight rubbish enclosures, new pavement treatments and safety bollards to better define pedestrian and vehicle zones, and seating and landscaping.

Minister Neville and Mr Staikos also toured the Moorabbin Recreational Reserve, which is undergoing a $1.4 million facelift to improve security and perceptions of safety.

The Labor Government has provided $217,000 through the previous round of grants for the installation of lighting and a concrete pathway at the reserve, which were completed earlier this month.

Over the coming weeks millions of dollars’ worth of new PSIF projects will be announced as part of this year’s program.

The grants program supports infrastructure projects that improve community safety, security and confidence in public places as a part of the Government’s $25 million investment in its Community Crime Prevention Program, this builds on the $19.4 million invested in the program in 2016–17.

This is in stark contrast to the Liberals, who when in government, failed to continue funding for crime prevention programs, leaving them in danger of lapsing.

Labor saved these grants when coming into office and have a proven track record of investing in crime prevention projects that are backed by evidence and supported by the community and Victoria Police.

Since July 2015, the Labor Government has provided more than $12.5 million in PSIF grants to help support 78 infrastructure projects across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“These public safety infrastructure grants help to increase community safety, security and confidence in public places and also encourage communities to actively contribute to community safety solutions in their local areas.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“These projects will help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by improving the design of the local environment, providing safer and more accessible areas for the community to enjoy.”

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