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Work set to begin to improve safety in Kalgoorlie CBD

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP says work to install lighting on Hannan Street and improve safety in the Kalgoorlie CBD will soon be under way thanks to a grant from the Federal Government.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will receive $144,000 under the Safer Communities Program, an initiative that aims to assist local communities address crime and antisocial behaviour and support crime prevention initiatives.

The money will be used to install under-eave lighting in front of the shops on Kalgoorlie’s main street, between Porter and Wilson Streets.

The works will coincide with light pole replacement to enhance night-time lighting throughout the area and increase passive surveillance.

With the existing CCTV camera network on Hannan Street, the lighting will help reduce antisocial behaviour and improve business and pedestrian safety.

On the back of strong community support for the project, Mr Wilson lobbied Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan in the lead-up to last year’s election to help the City secure the grant.

“The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry and local retailers all voiced support for this project,” he said.

“Crime and antisocial behaviour was identified as a major issue in the CBD – retailers said it was affecting their business, and pedestrians also need to use services like ATMs after nightfall.

“Small business owners are integral to our economy and deserve to be able to operate without the fear of becoming victims of crime and antisocial behaviour.

“It’s also important for any member of the community to feel safe walking through the Kalgoorlie-Boulder CBD.”



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 Australian 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.