Joint Media Release with Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Peter Dutton MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Residents of Stuart Park will benefit from the installation of CCTV cameras at community facilities to tackle anti-social behaviour in the community, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced.
Senator Scullion said a $4,084 investment for St Vincent De Paul Society NT would be used to purchase and install a CCTV security system at the St Vincent De Paul Society’s Ozanam House Support Centre in Stuart Park.
“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 Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.”
Mrs Ganley said Ozanam House Support Centre was a drop-in centre where vulnerable members of the community, who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, were provided with financial and material emergency assistance.
“CCTV will provide a deterrent for anti-social behaviour (such as violence, theft and vandalism) and promote community safety in the area surrounding the centre,” Mrs Ganley 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.”
St Vincent De Paul Society NT CEO Fran Avon said they were very grateful for the funding provided from the Safer Communities Fund.
“This centre provides much needed support for those experiencing homelessness and offers linkages to vital community services while providing breakfast, lunch, laundry and showering facilities. It also provides a sense of community and belonging. This funding will enable us to provide a safer environment for our clients and the community,” Mrs Avon said.
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 Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together.
The Coalition has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities.
“The Coalition will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer,” Mr Dutton said.