Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, today announced that $63,000 will be provided under the Federal Government’s Safer Streets Programme to the Gympie Regional Council, to extend and improve its closed circuit television (CCTV) camera network in Gympie.
“This commitment will allow the Council to increase CCTV camera coverage to Skate Park, and Apex Park, and the Mary Street Five Ways roundabout, and upgrade its wireless network to allow for remote access,” Mr Truss said.
“The CCTV network helps people to feel safer and more secure in their homes and neighbourhoods. Whether people are going about their business, shopping, out to dinner with friends or enjoying a night out, CCTV cameras provide an additional layer of security to help protect residents and their property and improve the safety of our community.
“The presence of CCTV cameras provides a deterrent to those who are considering breaking the law. Potential offenders will think twice about possible criminal behaviour if their chances of being caught on camera are high.
“The Safer Streets programme builds on the former Coalition Government’s National Community Crime Prevention Programme, which was a popular grassroots initiative that delivered better protection for local communities. The previous Labor Government scrapped this programme, which was a real blow to community safety,” Mr Truss said.
“The Federal Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to take real and practical action, preventing crime and improving the safety of our local communities.”