Hawkesbury City Council has received $186, 723 under the Australian Government’s National Crime Prevention Fund to install 33 CCTV cameras at South Windsor shops on George Street.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford thanked the Australian Government for the funding.
“Many shop owners have raised their concerns about safety in the area so it is fantastic to hear that Council’s recent application for funding has been successful,” Mayor Ford said.
“This funding means we can install these added security measures at no cost to our ratepayers.
“The CCTV will give the business community and shoppers a feeling of security and safety, while giving NSW Police a positive tool to effectively target antisocial activity and prevent crime.”
The Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus was joined by the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Deputy Mayor Councillor Warwick Mackay in South Windsor to make the announcement to the local community this week.
Mrs Markus said the funding is part of Round Two of the Coalition’s Safer Streets Programme and will provide closed-circuit television (CCTV) along the George Street shopping centre strip in South Windsor.
The Safer Streets Programme supports communities at the grass roots level to help address crime and anti- social behaviour, and boost crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets safe.
Mrs Markus said the CCTV cameras will ensure local businesses are protected and will provide a safer, more comfortable environment for locals who use the shops.
“Intimidating behaviour and vandalism is not acceptable and the community has a right to feel safe,” Mrs Markus said.
“I am pleased to deliver this important security infrastructure for Macquarie following local shop owners, raising their concerns.”
Mr Keenan said the funding is drawn from the Proceeds of Crime Account – that is money taken from criminals and reinvested into prevention of further crime. He added that only safe communities can be strong
and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening.
Visit www.ag.gov.au for further information on the Safer Streets Programme.