Tuesday, 22 July 2014
The Gold Coast City Council has received $250,000 from the Coalition Government to implement the Gold Coast Safer Precincts project.
The Safer Precincts project will improve community safety by expanding the Gold Coast Safety Camera Network.
Announcing the grant, Federal Member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo, said the Coalition Government was delivering on its election commitment to improve the safety and security of the Gold Coast community and its visitors.
“The Gold Coast Safety Camera Network is an effective public safety tool that provides early responses to incidents and assists in the apprehension and prosecution of offenders,” said Mr Ciobo at a community crime forum he hosted in Ashmore.
“This project will assist authorities to detect and detain individuals undertaking any form of criminal activity, and restore public confidence about better safety on the Gold Coast.”
Gold Coast City Council will install an additional seven CCTV cameras in identified hotspots in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Southport and Coolangatta that lack adequate coverage.
The additional cameras installed through this project will support a range of other safety initiatives and provide immediate benefit to the city’s busy entertainment and tourist industry.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said crime prevention was a key priority for the Government.
“This important project is a starting point to further reducing crime across Australia under the Safer Streets Program,” Mr Keenan said.
Mr Keenan, who was on the Gold Coast to speak at Mr Ciobo’s crime forum, also gave an update on theNational Anti-Gangs Squad, Queensland Strike Team.
He said the Queensland Strike Team, Australia’s first, had been an ‘enormous success’ and had received more than 100 requests for assistance from Queensland authorities since its inception late last year.
“We’ve had over $1 million in cash seized, drugs, precursors to drugs, a boat, jet skis, six Rolex watches and significant sums of cash have all been seized in months,” he said.
“Once the proceedings in relation that have been concluded, all of those will go into proceeds of crime which we will then reinvest in crime fighting around the country but particularly in the Gold Coast.”