Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is pleased to announce the Whyalla City Council has secured $364,557 from Round 2 of the Safer Communities Fund for a project which will increase safety in Civic Park.
“The grant will enable council to install CCTV and lighting in the park which will increase safety and help reduce crime,” Mr Ramsey said. “This allocation takes the total of projects funded under the program across the Grey to more than $600k and the Federal Government has now invested $40m in making communities safer right round Australia.”
Mr Ramsey said that council will install additional light poles along the main paths in the park and CCTV 360 degree zoom/tilt cameras at key intersecting points.
“Civic Park is a well utilised public space for community events and public displays and is also a main thoroughfare for pedestrians to the city’s main shopping centre, fast food outlets and public library,” he said.
“The lighting and cameras will make it safer for the community to use this public space and provide useful footage for police in the event of criminal activity.
“Three hundred and sixty thousand dollars is a very solid contribution and comes on the back of a long string of projects in the city that the Federal Government has backed.
“We’ve been through some tough times here, but the message is loud and clear, the Federal Government from Malcolm Turnbull down, believe in this place and recognise how important it is to the state and national economies.”
Mr Ramsey said Round 3 of Safer Communities was announced in the Budget and will open for applications early in the second half of 2018.
“Round 3 represents another round of $40m to build on the previous work the Coalition undertook during Government through the Safer Streets Programme and the Schools Security Programme,” he said.
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May 23 2018