Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Country Liberals Number One Senate Candidate Dr Samantha McMahon
Residents in Katherine will benefit from the installation of CCTV cameras and security upgrades to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced.
Senator Scullion said a $36,800 investment for Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation would be used to install CCTV security systems at three facilities run by Wurli Wurlinjang in Katherine.
“The funding has been committed under Round 3 of the Coalition’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the CLP’s ongoing commitment to keep Territorians safe and secure.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said Wurli had been successful in three separate grants with $13,514 to upgrade security at their Gudbinji Chronic Condition Clinic at 6 Kintore Street.
“The Gudbinji Chronic Condition Clinic Security Upgrade Project will see the installation of a CCTV system including sevens cameras, a video recorder (NVR) and two security systems consisting of mounted detectors, siren strobe lights and alarms,” Ms Price said.
“Wurli will also upgrade the security at their Women and Children’s Clinic at 21 Third Street with a CLP investment of $12,770 to install a similar CCTV security system.”
CLP Number One Senate Candidate Dr Samantha McMahon said the third grant of $10,516 was for a similar system at Wurli’s Community Services Unit at 9 Second Street.
“The security enhancements at Wurli premises will deter current instances of break-ins making important community infrastructure less vulnerable to property crime while increasing the neighbouring residents feeling of safety,” Dr McMahon said.
“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.”
Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service CEO Suzi Berto said the security upgrades across three of Wurli’s premises are pivotal in ensuring our clients can continue receiving quality comprehensive primary health care.
“Wurli offers a broad scope of services ranging from acute health care, chronic disease care through to social and emotional wellbeing support,” Ms Berto said.
“But too often are our team members arriving at work and having to deal with break-ins and infrastructure damage which causes immense disruption to our services.
“The new CCTV and security systems will ensure our community infrastructure is safe and secure therefore allowing us to focus on the job at hand; improving health outcomes for clients.”
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.
The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance. This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.
More than 300 projects will have been delivered by the Coalition Government across Australia over the three rounds to keep Australians safe.
The Coalition has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities.
“The CLP will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make the Territory safer,” Senator Scullion said.