Community Safety Fund Grants
Round 1 Project Examples
Casey City Council – Public Awareness Campaign
Community Safety Grant: $10,000 Organisation Contribution: $4,790
A public information campaign, known as “Gone in a Moment”, was established to raise community
awareness of the need to take responsibility and action in order to reduce the number of thefts
from people in the Casey City Council.
Victoria Police had identified an increase in personal property thefts in the City of Casey. In
response to this, an information campaign to raise community awareness of the issue was
developed by council. This was based on police feedback suggesting that a lack of awareness
and complacency in the community had contributed to these opportunistic offences.
The aims of this project and the awareness campaign were to help reduce and prevent personal
thefts, and to encourage the development of local partnerships in order to more effectively address
community crime prevention issues.
The campaign was based on a best practice model developed by the City of Sydney to address
opportunistic thefts from people. A graphic designer was consulted and engaged to design the
posters, for which community feedback was sought prior to distribution. Local police were also
consulted and endorsed the posters developed. The three posters focused on keeping your
mobile, handbag and wallet secure, based on the slogan of “Gone in a Moment – A moment is all it
takes for your belongings to go missing”.
To date, 2,582 specifically targeted groups and areas across the community have received these
posters, including entertainment precincts, shopping centres, local businesses, and resident and
Neighbourhood Watch groups.
Those involved in the project
Casey City Council, a graphic designer, local community members, businesses and police.
The “Gone in a Moment” public information campaign will increase the awareness of community
members of their environment and their need to protect personal property, particularly mobile
telephones, handbags and wallets.
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Community Safety Fund Grants: Round 1 Project Examples
Cockatoo & District Pony Club – Storage Resource & Sensor Lighting
Community Safety Grant: $2,900 Organisation Contribution: $412
The club purchased a steel shipping container to store equipment and installed sensor lighting
around this new storage facility and nearby car park.
The Cockatoo and District Pony Club has been teaching and mentoring young riders in the
Cockatoo and the surrounding area for over 25 years. During this time, the club has spent
considerable time fundraising for equipment essential to the development of the club and its
members. This equipment was stored in a chain mesh compound attached to small clubrooms.
Over the years, the club was broken into on a number of occasions with equipment stolen or
destroyed by thieves and vandals. The reserve is in a low-density residential area and vandals
frequently caused a disturbance, using the car park and compound area for burnouts. In addition,
people largely avoided the public footpath after dark, as lighting was poor.
The aim of making this area more secure was to stop the club from being a target to thieves and
vandals. The lighting was designed to discourage the use of the car park as a local “hang out” and
to increase feelings of safety for neighbours who had expressed concerns. In addition, it was
hoped parents and volunteers would be more willing to attend meetings and theory sessions at the
club. These had previously been conducted off-site in the evenings due to safety concerns about
crossing the darkened car park.
The Cockatoo and District Pony Club coordinated the installation of the sensor lights and delivery
of the storage container. Permission was obtained from the local council for the works to proceed.
The club also organised a working bee to rearrange the storage equipment.
Those involved in the project
Parents of club members, the Reserve Committee and Cardinia Shire Council.
Project outcomes Formatted: Font: 9 pt
Since the installation of sensor lights and the
storage container, there have been no
reported incidences or disturbances, and
there has been a marked decrease in the
number of burnouts in the car park gravel.
The project works have increased feelings of
safety for club members and residents and
greater willingness of volunteers to attend
meetings. An unexpected benefit was the old
storage area being turned into a classroom,
thereby providing a venue for new activities.
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Mitchell Community Radio – Public Radio Awareness Campaign
Community Safety Grant: $351 Organisation Contribution: $149
This project sought to address the issue of underage drinking through an awareness campaign.
It used the radio station’s young presenters to produce community service announcements for
broadcast, with live-to-air discussions taking place to highlight the negative aspects of underage
drinking such as violence, property damage and road trauma.
Mitchell Community Radio consulted with local police regarding current issues affecting youth in
the community. Underage drinking was identified as the current issue, which coincided with the
views of the radio’s young presenters.
The awareness campaign focused specifically on highlighting the downside to underage drinking
and the possible consequences, and on reminding youth that drinking is their decision. The
overarching aim was to alter the perception of drinking from being ‘cool’ to focus on ‘who is making
the decision and what are the consequences’.
Young presenters from Mitchell Community Radio developed community service announcements
(CSAs) that were aired on the radio and broadcast across the state (they were approved by the
Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria). The first CSA had a general focus, whereas the
second was more locally-focused. The CSAs will continue to be aired on Mitchell Community
Radio over the coming months.
Discussions of the issues also took place live-to-air, and included personal experiences of
underage drinking by the young presenters. This highlighted the negative consequences in a real
way to other young listeners.
Those involved in the project
Mitchell Community Radio staff and radio station volunteers, Mitchell Shire Youth Council and
The CSAs were released state-wide, with 19 community radio stations confirming that they were
airing the announcements. Coupled with Facebook messages and media articles on the project,
publicity has been extensive and will help to further raise awareness of this important youth issue.
A partnership with Mitchell Shire Youth Council has now been developed and they will be able to
report their efforts on tackling underage drinking via this radio network.
There has also been some anecdotal reports of a swing in favour of young people, particularly
young girls, saying ‘no’ to peer pressure to join in drinking.
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Rosedale Racecourse Reserve – Security Alarm System & Lighting
Community Safety Grant: $4,248 Organisation Contribution: $340
The Rosedale Racecourse Reserve Committee of Management arranged for the installation of a
security alarm system and vandal proof exterior lighting to deter offenders, prevent break-ins and
vandalism, and to increase perceptions of safety for reserve user groups.
Why the project was needed
The Rosedale Racecourse Reserve is home to five different user groups and more than 200
members. Over the past twelve months, a number of break-ins in the club rooms and storage
sheds have resulted in vandalism and theft. Consultations were held with local police and security
measures were put in place (such as additional locks), however the break-ins continued.
User groups were feeling unsafe at the reserve, damage from the break-ins and vandalism had to
be repaired and cleaned up, and stolen items replaced.
The aim of enhancing security at the reserve was to prevent further break-ins, thefts and
vandalism, provide reserve user groups with a sense of security and safety, and to save the clubs
money which was otherwise being spent on replacing stolen items.
The Reserve Committee of Management arranged for a security company to evaluate their needs
and provide recommendations. The recommendations, which were for the installation of a security
alarm system and exterior lighting, formed the basis for the project. Grant funding enabled these
recommendations to be carried out.
Those involved in the project
Reserve Committee of Management
Reserve user groups
Contracted security firm
As a result of installing the security alarm system and exterior lights, there has been an immediate
stop to crime at the location with no further break-ins and no vandalism occurring. This has
benefited over 200 user group members, and has heightened members’ confidence when at the
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