The Coalition Government has funded new security measures for the Rosedale Racecourse Reserve to deter anti-social behaviour and improve community safety.
The Reserve Committee received a grant of more than $4,000 from the Community Safety Fund (CSF) for the installation of security lighting and a new alarm system. The Reserve Committee also contributed some funding.
Visiting the reserve today, Crime Prevention Minister Andrew McIntosh said the security upgrade was important to the continuing viability of this vital community facility.
"The Government is proud to support local community groups by providing safer and more secure facilities for residents," Mr McIntosh said.
Mr McIntosh said the reserve had previously been targeted by vandals and burglars, with storage sheds and community clubhouses broken into eight times in a twelve-month period.
The establishment of the Community Safety Fund fulfilled a Coalition election promise to help communities implement local solutions to local problems.
"A total of 155 projects in local communities across Victoria have been awarded grants of up to $10,000," Mr McIntosh said.
"This program is about listening to communities and acting. Facilities such as this one at Rosedale are at the heart of small communities, and crime and anti-social behaviour has a significant effect.
"Local people know what the problems are and are best placed to identify solutions which will work for them. We're here to help them," Mr McIntosh said.
Many of the grants awarded went to local sporting and social clubs, scout groups, community centers and neighbourhood houses to improve security to reduce the risk of theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.