FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO COMBAT LOCAL CRIME

The Baulkham Hills community is being encouraged to come forward to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour.

Community groups, Councils and businesses can apply for a grant up to $250,000 for ideas to boost local safety and pride.

The Community Safety Fund will invest in projects that address local crime hot spots and promotes safe and inclusive use of public space.

I know many people in our community have innovative ideas of how to make our community a safer place and I encourage them to take up this funding opportunity.

The NSW Government is committed to reducing crime and making our state a safer place to live.

We know there is always more that can be done to stamp out crime in our suburbs and are working with the community to identify opportunities.

The reasons and consequences of crime in one region of NSW can be very different to other regions therefore it is important to invest in local solutions.

This program has funded in community initiatives right across the state to enhance the work of Government and law enforcement agencies to combat crime.

The Community Safety Fund aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour through infrastructure and service delivery projects that address local crime hot spots, antisocial behaviour and promotes safe and inclusive use of public space and collaborative approaches to crime prevention and detection.

Further information, including application information, can be found at https://www. crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au/

2016 COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM GRANTS ANNOUNCED

Baulkham Hills has secured grant funding of $200,000 for seven projects as part of the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program.

The NSW Government has committed funds to new community infrastructure projects that will enhance much needed local facilities.

The funding will aim to create more vibrant and inclusive communities and deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes.

This grassroots funding will directly benefit our community and will deliver new playgrounds, first aid facilities and sporting facilities.

The successful project applications in the Baulkham Hills electorate for 2016 were:

• Rejuvenation of the grass playground at Our Lady Of Lourdes Primary School Baulkham Hills;
• Playground upgrades to combat erosion at Crestwood Public School;
• Resurfacing of the outdoor multipurpose court at Muirfield High School;
• First aid kits, defibrillators and first aid training packages for Hills District Little Athletics and the Baulkham Hills AFL club;
• A multipurpose youth facility for Norwest Anglican Church; and
• Outdoor exercise equipment for Hunts Creek Reserve.

Further details of the program and all successful grants funded for the 2016 program can be found at www. communitybuildingpartnership.nsw. gov.au under the ‘successful grants’ tab.

FREE DIARY HELPS SENIORS PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS

Local seniors can pick up a free copy of a 2017 diary to help navigate legal issues that arise in the year ahead from my electorate office.

It explains everything from reverse mortgages to what gifts seniors can give without affecting their pension, and what they can do if adult children don’t want to leave home.

It also explains new laws that impact on seniors and has a section for older motorists about road rules and safe driving.

The diary, which is produced in large print, contains literary quotes about getting older and short snippets of “did you know” information, such as eligibility for a Seniors Card or how to provide for pets in a will.

The 2017 Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary can also be attained from Legal Aid NSW offices, local libraries and some community organisations. To order the diary online, visit: https://www.legalaid. nsw.gov.au/publications/order-apublication.

RED CROSS, CASTLE HILL

Red Cross, Castle Hill Branch will hold it’s next meeting at a new temporary address for the year, at 9a.m. on 10th February 2017.

Room 1, Castle Glen, 157 Ridgecrop Drive, Knightsbridge, Castle Hill. Parking – at lower end of Knightsbridge Shopping Centre and local Bus routes available.

We hope to see you there. For details and Branch Enquiries 8850 7056