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MEMBER for O’Connor Rick Wilson is pleased to announce the Federal Government will provide $41,728 to the Shire of Coolgardie for CCTV cameras and an improved lighting initiative.

 

The funding has been committed under Round 2 of the Coalition’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund.

 

Mr Wilson said the Shire of Coolgardie intends to replace its existing floodlights with LEDs, install additional lights to 29 existing poles and install five CCTV cameras in Kambalda and Coolgardie.

 

“The aim of this project is to improve community safety and reduce the number of criminal offences in each town, which will be achieved by increasing field-of-view and surveillance in hot spot areas,” Mr Wilson said.

 

“Target areas include public spaces such as parks and recreational facilities,” he said.

 

“Installation of CCTV cameras in the shire has already proven to be an effective deterrent to criminal activity.”

 

Shire of Coolgardie CEO James Trail said the funding would be used for a number of initiatives, including three floodlights in Kambalda’s Lions Park and a vandal-proof CCTV camera at the Coolgardie swimming pool.

 

“This funding will make a significant difference to security in Coolgardie and Kambalda,” Mr Trail said.

 

“I’m very grateful to Rick for his support and for getting behind this successful funding application.”

 

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Alex Hawke said the Coalition’s community safety record was solid.

 

“The Coalition has committed more than $100 million purely to assist local communities in delivering strategies to address crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Hawke said.

 

The Safer Communities Fund builds upon previous work undertook by the Coalition through its Safer Streets and Schools Security programmes.

 

The Federal Government has committed a further $30 million for Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund, which will be open for applications early in the second half of this year.

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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.