Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he welcomes confirmation of funding through the Federal Government’s Safe Communities Fund of $195,873 for the Corporation of the City of Port Augusta.
“The Government is delivering on our election commitments in Grey under the Safer Communities Fund to boost community safety across Australia and this funding will help keep the Port Augusta community safe, reduce vandalism and graffiti and support crime prevention.”
In Port Augusta the funding will be used by council to purchase and install security related infrastructure (network equipment, CCTV cameras and security software) to provide front line police and security officers the resources to monitor and prevent crime and to deter antisocial behaviour around the central business district, foreshore district and the airport.
The Safer Communities Fund is a grassroots level grant programme to assist local communities address crime and anti-social behaviour and support crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets and communities safe.
Mr Ramsey said he was pleased to announce this funding of almost $200,000 has been granted to to the Corporation of the City of Port Augusta to enable them to install CCTV cameras to help keep the community safe from local crime and anti-social behaviour.
“As we all know, CCTV and security infrastructure has been a pivotal factor in both solving crimes and preventing crimes,” he said.
“I have had constituents report violent behaviour on the wharf and complain about the lack of cameras for police to review these types of antisocial issues.
“That is why the Coalition’s Safer Communities Fund is such a significant and important investment in cracking down on local crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Justice Minister Michael Keenan said under the Safer Communities Fund, local councils and community organisations will receive funding to boost their crime prevention initiatives through the installation of fixed and mobile CCTV or lighting.
“The Coalition Government has a strong track record when it comes to protecting community safety. We recognise that the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening,” Mr Keenan said.
“Our top priority will always be to keep our citizens and our communities safe.”
Further information on the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund is available at www.ag.gov.au/CrimeAndCorruption/CrimePrevention/Pages/default.aspx
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
April 20 2017