A Coalition Government would provide $360,000 for closed circuit television cameras in the Blue Mountains, Liberal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus announced last week.
Mrs Markus was joined by the Coalition’s justice spokesman Michael Keenan to make the announcement in Blaxland last Tuesday. CCTV cameras will be installed at Blaxland, Wentworth Falls, Leura and Hazelbrook as part of the plan.
“The Coalition understands the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it occurring in the first place,” Mrs Markus said.
“This major CCTV investment for the Blue Mountains is a crucial measure which will help local police make our community safer.
“The Coalition is committed to providing communities with crime prevention tools like CCTV, to ensure potential criminals are deterred and those who do offend are more easily identified by police.”
The cameras will be located at the Great Western Highway, Blaxland ($150,000), Station Street, Wentworth Falls ($150,000), Peter Carroll Field, Leura ($30,000) and the pedestrian overpass at Hazelbrook ($30,000).
Mr Keenan said the commitment is part of the Coalition’s Safer Streets Communities Grants program.
“The best place to tackle crime is at the local level and our plan seeks to involve residents, shop owners, police, state and local governments in identifying local projects to make our streets safer,” Mr Keenan said.
Blue Mountains Mayor Daniel Myles welcomed the funding commitment.
“I am particularly pleased for the Peter Carroll field facility. That is a worthy community group that have been battling for well over a decade with graffiti and vandalism at their purpose- built facility. This has been long overdue. I thank Michael and Louise for their commitment to this project,” he said.
The Labor Government had CCTV cameras installed in Springwood in 2011 following an election promise by former Macquarie MP Bob Debus.