A SAFER COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR MOUNT COTTRELL

The Swaminarayan Mandir Vasna Sanstha Australia (SMVS) centre will benefit from an upgraded
play area and new lighting, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
The centre was awarded a Community Safety Infrastructure grant of $144,687, with work about to
begin to make the area safer, particularly for families attending the centre at night.

SMVS is a not-for-profit community organisation and helps a wide range of people in the Mount
Cottrell and Tarneit community through language classes, traditional and cultural learning
experiences, youth and seniors’ programs and support for women’s health, mental wellbeing and
financial assistance.

Community Safety Infrastructure Grants provide Victorian councils and community organisations
with funding of up to $500,000 to improve public infrastructure, with the aim of making
communities safer, improving security and reducing crime, and boosting confidence in use of public
spaces.

The grants are part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package designed to get
thousands of Victorians back to work following the devastating impacts of the coronavirus
pandemic.
As part of these grants, the Labor Government has provided more than $5.6 million to support 31
projects in communities across Victoria.

Quote attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins
“The services provided by SMVS are vital, and this funding will help the centre to truly become a
social hub and a safe place of learning and support for the local community.”

Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly
“Thanks to this grant, upgrades to the children’s play area and new lights will help create a safe,
welcoming venue for important services for the Mount Cottrell and Tarneit community.

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