The Andrews Labor Government has announced funding for the lighting at the Charles Green Reserve, improving perceptions of safety and community confidence in the area.

Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan announced a $34,000 grant for the Charles Green Reserve in Endeavour Hills, part of the latest round of the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF).

The investment will install lighting in the car park at the Charles Green Reserve in Endeavour Hills to improve actual and perceived safety, and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Since coming to government, we have provided $1.4 million in grants to the Casey area for projects such as a dedicated youth crime prevention program and a project to revitalise the Narre Warren Village shops.

Over the coming weeks millions of dollars’ worth of new PSIF projects will be announced as part of this year’s program.

Since July 2015, the Labor Government has provided more than $12.5 million in these grants to help support 78 infrastructure projects across Victoria.

The grants program supports infrastructure projects that improve community safety, security and confidence in public places as a part of the Labor Government’s $25 million investment in its Community Crime Prevention Program, this builds on the $19.4 million invested in the program in 2016–17.

This is in stark contrast to the Liberals, who when in government, failed to continue funding for crime prevention programs, leaving them in danger of lapsing.

Labor saved these grants when coming into office and have a proven track record of investing in crime prevention projects that are backed by evidence and supported by the community and Victoria Police.