DELIVERING SAFER STREETS FOR FARRER

DELIVERING SAFER STREETS FOR FARRER

THE HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP,

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE & MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR COUNTER TERRORISM

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP,

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FARRER

MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MINISTER FOR AGED CARE & MINISTER FOR SPORT

19 May 2016

 DELIVERING SAFER STREETS FOR FARRER

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has today announced more than $570,000 from Round Two of the Coalition’s Safer Streets Programme to fund closed-circuit television (CCTV) in the Albury CBD and the Griffith City Park and Community Gardens.

The Safer Streets Programme supports communities at the grass roots to help address crime and anti-social behaviour, and boost crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets safe.

Under this funding commitment, the Albury City Council will receive $450,000 for the installation of 52 CCTV cameras in the Albury CBD. The Griffith City Council will also receive $122,500 for the installation of 17 cameras in the Griffith City Park and Community Gardens.

Ms Ley said that she was delighted with the announcement for the regional cities of Albury and Griffith.

“Investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots is proven to reduce fear of crime and contribute to greater community safety and resilience. This funding also supports the invaluable work already being done by our local police,” said Ms Ley.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the funding is drawn from the Proceeds of Crime Account – that is money taken from criminals and reinvested into prevention of further crime.

“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening,” Mr Keenan said.

“The Coalition will continue to reinvest money confiscated from criminals and put them towards projects that make our streets and communities safer.

“I congratulate Sussan Ley for her ongoing lobbying efforts in Canberra to deliver for her communities back home, and to ensure this project became a reality for her constituents.”

In the first funding round, the Safer Streets Programme provided $19.5 million for specific projects for the installation of CCTV and lighting. This is the second round of funding which will be delivered in two streams.

The first stream will fund community safety infrastructure such as CCTV and lighting. CCTV is an effective crime prevention measure that provides significant deterrence to anti-social behaviour and is a valuable investigative tool.  The second stream will deliver crime prevention initiatives by supporting the vital work of PCYC and Blue Light organisations.

Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au