Minister for Justice and Member for Blaxland Jason Clare
Member for Watson Tony Burke
More than $477,800 for Bankstown City Council’s Lights, Camera, Bankstown! Project under the Federal Labor Government’s National Crime Prevention Fund that uses money confiscated from criminals to fund community safety infrastructure and youth outreach services.
Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, and Member for Blaxland, announced the project with Tony Burke, Member for Watson, and Khal Asfour, Mayor of Bankstown.
“This is a fantastic result for Bankstown”, Mr Clare said.
“This funding will be used to install CCTV and pan–tilt–zoom cameras and upgrade existing lighting across the Bankstown council area.
“It will target crime hotspots and make the area safer for local residents”.
Member for Watson, whose electorate takes in Bankstown Local Council area, welcomed the announcement.
“When I doorknock and talk to locals, crime always comes up as one of their main concerns”, Mr Burke said.
“We deserve to feel safe in our community.
“We are taking money from criminals and investing it across the country to help young people who are at risk of falling into a life of crime” Mr Clare said.
The National Crime Prevention Fund targets crime hotspots and funds:
- Grants to local councils for safety infrastructure including closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and lighting;
- Youth mentoring and outreach programs run by not-for-profit community organisations including Police Citizens Youth Clubs, Blue Light organisations and Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.
Funds for the program have been included in the Budget.
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