Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee have today announced that the funding agreement to deliver seven new high-resolution digital closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the main retail area of Oberon has been executed and the project is ready to go ahead.
Mr Gee said $25,000 in funding has been authorised under Safer Streets Round Two for Oberon Council to carry out the project, which will also include a full high-definition recorder to be installed in the Council offices.
“CCTV can assist in enhancing perceptions of safety, deterring criminal or anti-social behaviour and apprehending those responsible for crime in our community,” Mr Gee said.
Minister Keenan said 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.
“All Australians have the right to feel safe and secure in their community and Andrew Gee has worked hard to deliver this funding for the Oberon community,” Minister Keenan said.
“Most importantly though - these funds are from the Proceeds of Crime Account – that is money taken from criminals and reinvested into preventing more crimes.
“Our Government is delivering on its commitment to assist communities to deliver local solutions to crime hot-spots and anti-social behaviour.”
Mayor of Oberon, Kathy Sajowitz said Oberon Council is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its residents and as part of that ongoing strategy are pleased to have received this funding, which will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the Council.
“The upgrade of the current system will greatly assist Police to monitor and curb any criminal or anti-social behaviour and ensure that our community feels safe,” Mayor Sajowitz said.
“Oberon is fortunate enough to enjoy a low crime rate and this grant will assist in maintaining that situation into the future.”
Work is expected to commence on the installation immediately.
Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au.