October 08, 2016

Byron gets a $44,940 safety injection

One of Byron Bay’s social housing properties is set to receive nearly $50,000 to install security lighting within the complex thanks to funding from the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF). The property is managed by North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) who applied for the grant to improve night time visibility and security in the neighbourhood.

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina said, “I welcome this funding to help improve safety in the Byron Shire. Putting the money towards street lighting will benefit the residents at the community housing development but it will also increase the feeling of security for the wider community.”

 “I congratulate North Coast Community Housing on being successful in this funding round,” said Ms Smith.

NCCH also has the support of Byron Shire Council and Byron Police for this project.  This is one of five projects totalling $216,800 NCCH was successful in wining in this round of SHCIF funding.

The fund is an initiative of the NSW Department of Families and Community Services, providing $20 million over three years to improve the liveability and amenity of social housing communities.

The SHCIF aims to create better and stronger social housing communities by improving local amenities through the provision of one-off grants to undertake physical improvements on or near to social housing, including improving community facilities, enhancing open space or recreational areas, increasing accessibility, improving resident safety and facilitating better integration between social housing and the surrounding community.

For more information on SHCIF visit: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF

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