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.”