Federal Government helps to deliver safer FNQ communities
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has today announced the Federal Government would provide Cairns Regional Council $281,937 towards its Safer Communities Project.
Mr Entsch said the funding had been made available under round two of the federal government’s highly-successful Safer Communities Fund.
He said the first role of any government local, state or federal was to keep its citizens safe.
“The Cairns Safer Community Project will deliver additional cameras into the existing Cairns City Safe CCTV network and upgrade software technology,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Cairns community has every right to feel safe and I firmly believe this initiative will significantly and proactively assist with crime prevention in Cairns.
“The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the government’s ongoing commitment to keep Far North Queenslanders safe and secure.
“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.”
Mr Entsch said Cook Shire Council had also secured $582, 091 in funding under the program.
“Cook Shire Council will install solar and wind turbine powered lighting and CCTV along the footpaths and at other potential crime hot spots around the newly developed Cooktown Waterfront Activity Precinct,” he said.
“These installations will act as a deterrent to criminals and will provide valuable evidence for police when solving crimes, including identifying and prosecuting offenders.”
Federal Assistant Home Affairs Minister Alex Hawke said the Coalition’s community safety record was solid.
He said the $40 million Safer Communities Fund will consist of two streams.
“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 Hawke said.
“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.
“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities and our nation safer.”
Cairns Regional Council Deputy Mayor Terry James said six additional cameras would be added to the existing CitySafe CCTV network.
“With this funding, we’ll be installing new cameras at the Gordon Creek underpass, Mestrez St at Mooroobool, at two locations on Abbott St and two on Sheridan St,” Cr James said.
“In the case of Gordon Creek, we have recently activated that area with a cycleway and mural and it’s important that people feel safe using the underpass.”
“The funding will also assist with upgrades to camera technology and data storage to service the growing camera network.”