Dubbo Regional Council to look at safer community funding

Mayor Ben Shields.
Mayor Ben Shields.

The Dubbo Regional Council is looking to make our community safer and more secure and will look into applying for federal government funding that could increase CCTV coverage across the city.

Mayor Ben Shields said the council would look closely at applying for a share in $1 million of funding under round three of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

Mr Shields said government funding and grants are essential for Council to be able to look at new projects.

“Dubbo Regional Council already have a comprehensive network of CCTV around the central business district and other key areas but there is more to be done and we will investigate where additional surveillance could be useful,” he said.

“The location of future CCTV would have to be carefully considered and council staff would work with the police and other key stakeholders to determine the areas with the greatest need.

“Any time new funding is made available we look at it closely.”

Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the funding helps to address crime and antisocial behaviour.

“With applications for round three open now, I strongly encourage local councils and community organisations to put forward their applications,” he said.

“Security enhancement projects including CCTV, bollards, lighting and crime prevention through environmental design are all great initiatives for potential grants under the Safer Communities Fund.”

Mr Coulton said due to the program’s success; the coalition government announced in May an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.

“As well as the infrastructure stream, the third round will include a separate early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity based youth engagement projects,” he said.

“By empowering local organisations and councils to improve their security infrastructure, we can make crucial headway in addressing crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.”

Applications for the infrastructure stream are now open and will close on 25 September 2018. Information on how to apply is available on the Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Stream website atwww.business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or by calling 13 28 46.

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