Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan recently joined with Federal Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming MP to announce a commitment to increase safety for the Islands.
Andrew Laming MP said a re-elected Turnbull Liberal Team will provide $10,000 for CCTV cameras at the transport hubs of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
The funding has been committed under the Turnbull Liberal Government’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund and will be administered by the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce.
“CCTV plays a vital role in not only deterring crime, but helping police catch offenders,” Mr Laming said.
“The Turnbull Coalition Team is dedicated to building safer communities across Australia. We understand that by investing in projects such as this one, we provide a greater peace of mind for our communities.”
President of SMBI Chamber of Commerce, and Member of the Tourism Board, Col McInnes said the 21st Century has brought new and increased social issues which create a need for CCTV cameras.
“These cameras will provide a greater level of comfort and security to residents and those commuting to the Islands,” Mr McInnes said.
“They will supplement the work done by Crime Stoppers and the Police.”
Mr McInnes went on to say “whilst we have policing on the Islands, there is still a definite need to monitor antisocial behaviour, most of which occurs at night.”
Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards applauds the initiative that is being taken by Andrew Laming and fully understands the need for CCTV cameras for the Islands.
The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Turnbull Liberal Government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.
Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.
The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will consist of two streams.
Stream one will boost the efforts of identified local governments and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting).
Stream two will boost efforts to protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Turnbull Liberal Government’s community safety record was solid.
“The Turnbull Liberal Government has now committed more than $100 million purely to assist local communities in delivering strategies to address crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Keenan said.
• The announcement of Federal Funding for the CCTV cameras