Building Safer Communities Program | Constituency Question

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:22): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Crime Prevention, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Youth Justice and Minister for Victim Support, the Honourable Natalie Hutchins. My question relates to the minister’s portfolio responsibilities for crime prevention.

The Victorian government has extended the support for community safety in Brimbank to address the primary causes of crime. As part of the Victorian government’s building safer communities program, the City of Brimbank will be the first local government crime prevention partner to receive $700,000 in grants. The first forum was held in Brimbank in November 2020 for hearing the challenges pertaining to personal safety of youth, followed by Melton and Hume. The grants build on the issues explored at the forum that resulted in funding for CCTV, lighting and other safety improvements, and programs for youth from diverse backgrounds. This project is funded through the community crime prevention program and includes more than $2.8 million for 38 crime prevention projects in the Brimbank local government area.

Can the minister provide me with an update on how this initiative will progress further to safeguard the residents of the Western Metropolitan Region?