NSW govt provides $2m for communal security

From left: NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger, Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman and Minister for Multiculturalism John Sidoti. Photo: Shane Desiatnik

MAKING good on a pre-election pledge, Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton joined NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman and Minister for Multiculturalism John Sidoti to present the community with a $2 million cheque for communal security on Tuesday night.

“The government funding, committed during the election campaign will enable the Jewish community to strengthen its security infrastructure to better guard against threats from those who would do it harm,” Upton said.

“I thank the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) for working with the government on initiatives that improve community safety, condemn discrimination and promote tolerance and harmony in NSW,” she added.

Speakman, who addressed the JBOD plenum on changes to legislation last year that made incitement to violence based on race, religion and other criteria a crime, said recent attacks on places of worship around the world “highlight the need for vigilance as we work to protect our state from a small number of individuals who seek to divide us and disrupt our way of life”.

Sidoti said the government would not tolerate behaviour that puts community safety at risk. 

“Everyone in NSW should be able to go about their daily life without fearing for their safety. It’s the diversity in our community that makes us stronger,” he said.