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Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today congratulated Orange City Council on receiving $471,681 in funding under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

Mr Gee said the Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening,” Mr Gee said.

“This funding will support a number of important crime prevention initiatives throughout the community and help keep local residents safe, improve security and reduce crime and violence.

“This is the biggest grant from this fund for our area in living memory.”

Mayor of Orange City Council, Reg Kidd welcomed the funding announcement.

“The Safer Communities in Orange project will install high level, standalone solar lighting, new CCTV and upgrades to existing cameras and bollards at strategically selected pathways, roads, park areas and laneways,” said Cr Kidd.

“The locations have been identified through a Community Safety Audit, in consultation with NSW Police Local Area Command, Council Committees, NGOs, local businesses and the community.”

Sites that will benefit from the funding include the Glenroi Community Centre, Glenroi Oval, Marang Gunya Community Centre, Margaret Stevenson Park, Eyde Park and Jindalee Avenue.

The Federal Government has allocated a further $30 million in the 2018-19 Budget to the Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance.

Round three will open for applications in 2018-19.