The Australian Government is providing $130,000 in funding through the Safer Communities Fund to enhance the security of the Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Keysborough, Melbourne.
This funding has been awarded as part of $41.9 million being provided to successful grant applicants under round four of the Safer Communities Fund, to protect children facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said the funding provided to community organisations like Keysborough Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple is delivering on the Government’s priority of keeping Australians safe.
“The Government is committed to protecting all Australians from all forms of harassment and violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance, crime and anti-social behaviours,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
“Over the weekend I visited the Keysborough Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple. Sadly thieves have been breaking in and stealing their collection box and breaking into cars during services.
“We all have the right to feel safe. This funding will help secure the Temple grounds so that the local Buddhist community can feel safe from attacks, harassment and theft.”
The Keysborough Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple project will deliver an iron and concrete fence including a remote controlled security gate and an electronic surveillance system within the premises to record all movements.
The Safer Communities Fund provides funding to community organisations, schools, pre-schools, and local councils to help implement and boost crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting. Grants of up to $1 million are available.
Applications are now open for round five of the Safer Communities Fund, with communities across Australia set to share in up to $55.1 million in grants to improve public safety and security.
For further information about round five, including how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit www.business.gov.au