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Funding for a Safer Gippsland welcomed

Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Tony Hanning, has welcomed the Safer Gippsland funding announcement made at the Moe Town Hall today.

By Latrobe City Council - 8th November 2000 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Tony Hanning, has welcomed the Safer Gippsland funding announcement made at the Moe Town Hall today.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mr Andre Haermeyer, announced that the six Gippsland Region Councils (Latrobe, Wellington, Baw Baw, South Gippsland, East Gippsland, and Bass Coast) would receive $100,000 under the Government’s Safer Cities and Shires Program.

Cr Hanning described the program as an excellent example of how the State Government, Councils, local police, local agencies, service providers and the community could work together to address the important and complex issues of crime prevention and community safety.

According to Henk Harberts, Community Safety Planner with Latrobe City, the funding will be used to deliver a broad range of practical local initiatives including conducting workshops for key Council staff on the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED); and conducting business seminars for traders and other representatives of local business on crime prevention and community safety.

"The program will also provide training workshops on how to conduct a community safety audit, and extend and promote PartySafe kits for young people within the Gippsland region," Mr Harberts said.

"In addition, Gippsland Councils in partnership with other agencies, will pilot projects to provide a range of appropriate, accessible and low cost leisure and recreational activities for young people, including alternatives to competitive sporting activities," Mr Harberts added.

The Gippsland municipalities will meet on a quarterly basis with regional managers from various government departments to manage the program.

A Regional Community Safety Officer located at Latrobe City will assist in the implementation of the Safer Gippsland project.


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