Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Delivering safer communities in Casey

A re-elected Turnbull Government will make our streets safer by providing $420,000 for a CCTV camera network package in five Yarra Ranges communities, Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP announced today.

The funding has been pledged under the Coalition’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund.

The Mooroolbark Traders & Community Group will receive $135,000, Yarra Glen Chamber of Commerce $90,000, Monbulk Business Network and Mount Evelyn Chamber of Commerce $75,000 each and Woori Yallock Township Action Group $45,000.

Mr Smith said these local community groups will work in conjunction with the Lilydale Centre Safe Committee and Victoria Police to ensure the cameras are best placed to tackle crime and ensure the safety of local residents.

“I have had many conversations with the local residents and businesses in these communities about need for CCTV security cameras to combat increased crime in their communities,” Mr Smith said.

“Whether it’s theft, graffiti, assault or other serious incidents, the delivery of these CCTV security camera networks will ensure the local police can respond quickly and have the evidence required to bring these offenders to justice.

“In addition to the CCTV security cameras we have already delivered for the Lilydale, Healesville, and Yarra Junction communities, these new cameras will provide a valuable expanded network for our local police.”

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will consist of two streams:

Stream one will boost the efforts of identified local governments and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting). Stream two will boost efforts to protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.

This new $40 million fund will build on the previous work the Coalition undertook during Government through the Safer Streets Programme and the Schools Security Programme.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Coalition’s community safety record was solid.

“The Coalition has now committed more than $100 million purely to assist local communities in delivering strategies to address crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Keenan said.

“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities and our nation safer.” Mr Keenan said.

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