Residents of Dubbo can feel safer thanks to a $150,000 Federal Government grant to bolster community surveillance.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced the funding in Dubbo today, which has been committed under Round 3 of the Coalition’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund.
“I’d like to commend the Dubbo Regional Council on successfully receiving this grant, which will be used to install new and upgraded CCTV cameras in six crime hotspots across the city,” Mr Coulton said.
“These CCTV sites will each have the capability to house up to four high resolution cameras, aiding police with better footage and increased coverage in priority locations.
“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.”
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Cr Ben Shields has welcomed the funding.
“This $150,000 grant will go a long way to help the people of Dubbo to feel safe in their communities, through the installation of new and upgraded CCTV systems,” Cr Shields said.
“The new CCTV cameras will have up to a 360-degree view, which will help our local police monitor criminal activity.”
Also successful in receiving funding under this round is:
• Dubbo PCYC – to share in $1,987,634 committed to PCYC NSW for the Fit for Life/Fit for Work program
• Bourke’s Youth Off The Streets – to share in $2 million for early intervention services, life skills training and one-on-one care for at-risk youth
The Safer Communities Fund initially received $40 million to support local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour. This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.
Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together.
“The Coalition will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer,” Mr Dutton said.
The Coalition has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen communities.
Dubbo Regional Council has also received a further $150,000 under this funding round for CCTV in Wellington.
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (right) with Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields (left).