LISMORE CBD SET FOR CCTV UPGRADE
Community safety in the Lismore Central Business District will receive a major boost with the Liberals and Nationals Government investing more than $240,000 in the upgrade of CCTV cameras located throughout the town centre.
The $244,500 Community Safety Fund grant has been awarded to Lismore City Council, which manages the existing CCTV network installed in 1999.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said the safety and security of local residents, visitors and businesses in the Lismore CBD is of the utmost importance. “This funding will enable Council to upgrade the existing CCTV network, which is now 17 years old and operating on outdated technology.
“Since being installed in 1999, CCTV cameras combined with local policing efforts have proved an extremely useful tool in reducing assault rates and malicious damage to property in the Lismore CBD,” Mr George said.
“People should be able to go about their business, pop out for a meal or meet up with their friends for a night out without fear of being assaulted or their car being damaged.
“I’m extremely pleased to be able to assist Council with this important CCTV upgrade to ensure our public spaces are safe and inviting for all to use.”
Minister for Police Troy Grant congratulated Lismore City Council on taking proactive steps and working with local police to reduce crime.
“I’d like to remind those people who continue to cause a problem in Lismore CBD that the entire CCTV network is live streamed in the Lismore Police Station.
“If you commit a crime under the watchful eye of CCTV cameras, police will actively seek you out and ensure you are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s Community Safety Fund will provide $10 million over four years to infrastructure and services aimed at reducing criminal and anti-social behaviour.
For further information on the Community Safety Fund visit: http://www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au
PHOTO: Matthew Kelly – Lismore City Council, Deborah Benhayon - Lismore Chamber of Commerce, Jody Hines – Lismore City Council Ranger, Senior Constable David Henderson – Richmond Police District, Thomas George – Member for Lismore