23 Oct Security funding for schools, shules
AJN Staff – The Australian Jewish News – Wednesday 23 October
A NUMBER of Jewish community organisations in inner south-eastern Melbourne, including schools, shules and Jewish Care Victoria, will receive a funding boost for their security needs in the latest round of federal allocations under the Community Safety Grants program.
Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson announced the recipients under the Morrison government’s Community Safety Grants, which are awarded as part of the government’s Safer Communities program.
A total of 10 groups in the Macnamara electorate were successful in their applications for grants, including Cheder Levi Yitzchok, Temple Beth Israel, Jewish Care Victoria, Sholem Aleichem College, Gandel Besen House, Chabad Institutions of Victoria, Caulfield Hebrew Congregation, Adass Israel School, Mifal Aizer Association, and Chabad on Carlisle.
“The Community Safety Grants program is an integral part of the Morrison government’s commitment to ensuring religious groups feel safe and secure in their communities to practise their faith freely,” said Paterson.
“I’m so pleased to deliver an accumulative $4,274,412 to 10 organisations in Macnamara to help fund practical safety measures which will safeguard religious freedom in our community and ensure the continued prosperity of these cornerstone organisations,” he stated.
The projects which have been funded include the implementation of CCTV cameras, deterrence measures, improved lighting, boom gate and fencing solutions, as well as upgraded intercom and alarm interfaces.
In March this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison used an address to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce – shortly after the mosque massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand – to announce a landmark $55 million extension of the Safer Communities program.
The Safer Communities Fund (round three) had previously provided some $70 million over the past three years in grants for schools, preschools, community organisations and local councils. But the addition of $55 million in round four was prioritised to religious schools, places of religious worship and religious assembly.
“It grieves me this is necessary but sadly it is, and as a government we will be providing additional resources. Australians should have the right to practise their faith in safety,” the PM said at that time.