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The Shire of Collie has been granted $280,350 under the Morrison Government’s Safer Communities Fund to install around 37 CCTV cameras in the town centre.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said $35 million was made available under Round five of the program to address crime and anti-social behaviour through crime prevention and security initiatives, such as CCTV and lighting.

“The Collie community has been calling out for more CCTV cameras in the town centre following a recent spate of home burglaries, so this funding could not come at a better time,” Mr Wilson said.

The Shire of Collie will manage the project in consultation with Collie Police to identify key areas within the central business district to locate the new cameras.

This is the second year in a row Collie has received funding under the Safer Communities Fund.

“Last round there were two projects funded to install CCTV cameras, at the Collie Museum and the Collie PCYC,” Mr Wilson said.

“This latest funding commitment will provide even more security for the Collie community to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Collie Shire President Sarah Stanley said enhancement of the CCTV system in Collie sends a strong message to potential criminals that crime and antisocial behaviour won’t be tolerated.

“This will help our community feel safer in their homes, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

“We encourage community members to continue to be vigilant, to secure their possessions and continue to report suspicious behaviour to police.”

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.