Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Centralians will benefit from the installation of CCTV cameras and lighting at community facilities to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandalism in Alice Springs and Elliott, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, announced.
“This is terrific news for Centralians who will benefit from the Coalition Government’s continued commitment to keeping Australians safe and secure,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said Alice Springs Town Council will use Safer Communities funding of $807,048 to purchase and install CCTV at 18 locations around Alice Springs to increase the safety of the town, and increase the capture and conviction rate of offenders by providing CCTV footage to NT Police.
“The installation of CCTV will enable Council security to quickly respond when an act of vandalism is being committed at the various public spaces around Alice Springs. CCTV will also be able to capture images of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, increasing the chance of offenders being caught. The hope is that this will also scare of any would-be offenders, ultimately resulting in a reduction of vandalism,” Ms Price said.
“CCTV cameras have shown to be an effective crime prevention measure and a valuable investigative tool that provides a deterrence to anti-social behaviour.”
“Alice Springs Youth Accommodation & Support Services Inc. has received funding of $44,415 to install CCTV and lighting at the front of all of their youth refuges and Education Drop In Centre to increase safety and protect residence and staff.
“They will install CCTV and security lighting at the Emergency 24 Hr Crisis Refuge and intercom at the front gate. CCTV, security lighting and an intercom, plus a security gate will be installed at the Ampe Akweke (Mums and Bubs Refuge). Security lighting and CCTV cameras will be installed at Parke Cresc the Young Girls refuge, and at the Resource Centre.”
Senator Scullion said Barkly Regional Council has received funding of $16,863 to install additional solar lights put into Elliott’s main park to ensure safety of the residents using the facility and encourage longer periods of use.
“Anti social behaviours within the Park will be further reduced. The Park is adjacent to the recently built Water Park area and these additional lights will offer efficient, effective and economical evening lighting. This will increase community cohesion and contribute to a more vibrant community life,” Senator Scullion said.
“This funding has been delivered under Round 2 of the Coalition’s Safer Communities Fund.”
Senator Scullion said the Safer Communities Fund is a CLP commitment to keep Territorians safe and secure by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and antisocial behaviour.
“This critical funding is part of the CLP’s plan to make the Territory safe in the face of the law and order crisis unfolding under Michael Gunner and Territory Labor.
“Territory Labor’s do nothing approach to crime in the Territory is badly damaging our community. While crime has spiralled out of control under Michael Gunner’s watch, only the CLP can be trusted to deliver the strong and effective measures needed to maintain law and order in our community,” Senator Scullion said.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition has now committed more than $100 million to assist local communities in delivering strategies to address crime and anti-social behaviour.