$216,000 grant to secure Hobart’s Synagogue
Australia’s oldest synagogue will be provided with extra security thanks to a federal Liberal Government grant of $216,000 for 14 CCTV cameras.
The funding made available under the Safer Community Grant scheme was announced and welcomed by Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.
“Given the recent rise in anti-semitic activity, it is good to see the extra protection being offered to this historic building and those who use it”, said Senator Abetz.
“The Safer Community Grant scheme is all about keeping our community safe. Given the recent rise in concerning anti-semetic activity it is right and proper that this extra security be provided and whilst disappointed that it is needed, I’m pleased we’ve been able to provide it”.
Tasmania hosts Australia’s two oldest synagogues (Hobart and Launceston) and has a rich Jewish history which is worthy of protecting.
Senator Abetz is the Chair of the Australian Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group.