Joint Media Release with Assistant Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Alex Hawke MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Residents of Coconut Grove will benefit from the installation of CCTV cameras at community facilities to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the community, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced.
“This is terrific news for The St Vincent de Paul Society Northern Territory and Coconut Grove residents who will benefit from the Coalition Government’s continued commitment to keeping Australians safe and secure,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Ganley said the St Vincent de Paul Society Northern Territory will use Safer Communities funding of $19,201 to purchase and install CCTV in and around their social housing and retail warehouse centre on Dick Ward Drive in Coconut Grove.
“The site includes 53 properties for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. CCTV will increase safety on the premises, at the entrances and surrounding areas such as the children’s playground close to the centre. Additionally, CCTV will provide a strong deterrent for illegal dumping, theft and vandalism of donations at the warehouse,” Mrs Ganley said.
“22 cameras will be placed around the interior and exterior of the Bakhita centre to capture footage in the areas where antisocial and illegal behaviours are most frequent.
“CCTV cameras have shown to be an effective crime prevention measure and a valuable investigative tool that provides a deterrence to anti-social behaviour.
“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.
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Alex Hawke, said the Coalition’s community safety record was solid.
“The Coalition has now committed more than $100 million purely to assist local communities in delivering strategies to address crime and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Hawke said.
“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities and our nation safer.” Mr Hawke said.