Making South West communities safer

Member for Forrest Nola Marino has today announced the Turnbull Government will provide over $620,000 for projects making the South West safer.

“$469,000 will be provided to the City of Bunbury for the Withers Fibre Link Connection,” Mrs Marino said.

“This project includes the installation of a fibre optic link, which will provide stability between the city’s CCTV control room and the Withers Library server room which houses their CCTV network. It also enables the expansion of the CCTV network into other public areas including along Ocean Drive.

“$145,000 will be provided to the City of Bunbury for five CCTV cameras in ‘hotspots’ in the CBD to enhance the city’s safety.

“$13,910 will be provided to the Shire of Nannup for a CCTV camera at the Nannup Recreation Centre, increasing safety around the centre.

“These projects will make a real difference in the South West.”

The funding has been committed under Round 2 of the Coalition’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Turnbull Government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the funding would go a long way in upgrading the current CCTV network and thanked Mrs Marino.

“Community safety is always a high priority for the City of Bunbury and the expansion of the CCTV network will help our residents to feel safer,” Mayor Brennan said.

“Upgrading the current infrastructure will also ensure the network is in working order.”

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

The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will consist of two streams:

– Stream one will boost the efforts of identified local governments and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting).

– Stream two will boost efforts to protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.

This new $40 million fund will build on the previous work the Turnbull Government undertook during Government through the Safer Streets Programme and the Schools Security Programme.