MEMBER for O’Connor Rick Wilson is pleased to announce the Federal Government will provide $307,085 to the Shire of Manjimup for a town centre safety enhancement project.
The funding has been committed under Round 2 of the Coalition’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund.
Mr Wilson said the Shire of Manjimup aims to increase safety for its community and visitors by installing CCTV cameras, lighting and access control gates in the town centre.
“Manjimup is the gateway to the Southern Forests tourist destination and has high visitation public parks and thriving business areas in the CBD,” Mr Wilson said.
“By installing a CCTV system, anti-social behaviour can be reduced as real-time access to security images will allow for expedient police involvement,” he said.
Shire of Manjimup CEO Andrew Campbell said the funding would be utilised to provide a range of passive and active security measures in the revitalised CBD.
“By installing CCTV cameras with direct live feeds to the police station, the funding will allow us to ensure that the Coronation Park, Brockman Street and Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park precincts are safer places for people to enjoy,” Mr Campbell said.
“Also, lighting and gates in the Timber and Heritage Park will significantly increase passive security and safety.”
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 undertaken 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.