Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced the Federal Government will provide $400,000 for improved closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Bathurst.
The funding has been provided under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund which delivers on the government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.
“CCTV can assist in enhancing perceptions of safety, deterring criminal or anti-social behaviour and apprehending those responsible for crime. We all have the right to feel safe in our community,” Mr Gee said.
“Bathurst Regional Council will install 27 cameras in the CBD, including 12 fixed cameras and 15 pan-tilt zoom cameras.
“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.
“Well done to Bathurst Regional Council for their proactive work on this. It’s a great example of a federal and local government partnership.”
Mayor of Bathurst Cr Graeme Hanger has welcomed the funding.
“The CCTV Safety Initiative aims to increase safety and act as a deterrent on criminal and anti-social behaviour,” Cr Hanger said.
“I would like to thank the Federal Government for its support of this important project.”
The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance. This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.