14 January 2021
The Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring that Australians are kept safe and secure has seen funding for important safety measures in Orange.
Federal Member for Calare, The Hon Andrew Gee MP said $471,681 has been invested through the Safer Communities Fund to support critical safety measures in Orange of which $344,495 was dedicated to funding new lighting that will help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
“This funding means better lighting in some of our parks and recreational areas across the city, as well as CCTV enhancements and upgrades,” Mr Gee said.
“It’s important that people of all ages feel safe and secure in our country communities, whether you’re walking through a park, or down-town at an ATM.
“Similar safety measures have been rolled out across the region, including at Wellington and Bathurst and the feedback that we have received on this program from around the region has been hugely positive, from both police and the wider community.
“This significant investment in lighting and CCTV cameras will enhance community safety by deterring and also detecting crime. It’s money very well spent and will no doubt be welcomed by the community.
“I congratulate Orange City Council for the successful delivery of this project,” Mr Gee said.
Five-metre-high motion-sensor solar lights have been installed at Glenroi Oval, Edye Park and Margaret Stevenson Park. Five-metre-high Electric LED sensor lights were installed at Elephant Park and one-metre solar-powered, motion-sensor bollards were installed at the footpath from Myora Place to Algona Crescent.
The funding has also covered upgrades to existing CCTV cameras and the installation of new CCTV cameras, including near the skate park at Moulder Park, as well as a mobile CCTV camera to detect anti-social behaviour.
Orange Mayor, Reg Kidd, said the locations were identified through a community safety audit in consultation with local police, businesses and community members, Council committees and non-government organisations.
“Lighting, limited surveillance and low use of poorly lit areas were highlighted as major contributing factors for increased anti-social behaviour in these areas,” Cr Kidd said.
“This funding will provide increased safety in five locations where local residents, government and non-government agencies are working tirelessly to improve safety in their communities.”
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. The Australian Government has made $180 million available under the Fund since 2016-17.