23 October 2020
Orange residents and visitors can feel safer when moving in between the CBD and Prince Street after the installation of upgraded footpath lighting along Anson Street.
The joint initiative, called the Whiteway project, is the result of a $200,000 contribution from Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund, and a $100,000 investment from Orange City Council.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee MP inspected the new lights on Friday with Cr Reg Kidd, Mayor of Orange City Council.
“Anson Street is one of the busiest streets in Orange,” Mr Gee said.
“Improving the lighting along it, from the main street – Summer Street will boost foot traffic further by making people feel safe.
“We know from a recent study by Arup that increasing foot traffic can increase profitability for traders by up to 40 per cent.
“Boosting walkability of our streets can have a significant economic impact, reduce the incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Importantly this initiative ensures that whether there are eight or eighty residents, workers and tourists will feel safe to be out and about,” Mr Gee said.
Six-metre high light poles have been installed along the eastern side of Anson Street from Summer Street extending to the new Department of Planning, Industry and Environment building (the Ian Armstrong Building) in the first stage of this project.
“With the new DPIE building being home to roughly 800 public servants this lighting couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mr Gee said.
Mayor of Orange City Council, Cr Reg Kidd was delighted that the project had reached this important milestone.
“Light poles installed along Anson Street will increase safety for pedestrians walking between the CBD and the new Armstrong building in Prince Street,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“The new LED lighting will also be more energy efficient and user friendly,” Cr Kidd added.
The Safer Communities Fund provides funding to address crime and anti-social behaviour through the implementation of crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting. This includes funding specifically aimed at organisations working with children who face a risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.
The Australian Government has made $180 million available under the Fund since 2016-17.
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