Thursday, 5 May 2022

CCTV boost for Hervey Bay to crack down on crime

A boost to Hervey Bay’s CCTV network will help fight a surge in vandalism and break-ins across the region, with a re-elected Coalition Government providing $400,000 for new cameras across the area.  

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt made the announcement and said the funding would help to keep local businesses and local residents across Hervey Bay safe. 

“Local business owners, residents and community groups are quite rightly fed up with this anti-social and criminal behaviour. There are businesses which have been broken into repeatedly, costing them thousands of dollars each and every time it happens,” Mr Pitt said. 

“Business owners should be able to turn up each day without having to thinking about replacing windows or doors and local residents deserve to feel safe in their homes. 

“We need to do everything we can to prevent this from happening in the first place. 

“CCTV is a known deterrent and is a useful tool to track down offenders, that’s why a re-elected Coalition Government will provide $400,000 to provide additional cameras to the Fraser Coast Regional Council network. 

“Sadly, it’s not just businesses who have concerns about this type of anti-social behaviour. I met with residents from Aldershot who are concerned about speeding and hooning in their small town and on the Bruce Highway. Residents at Burrum Heads have also said there needs to be CCTV near the boat ramp. 

“Our local police do a fantastic job, but they can’t be everywhere at every minute of the day, so these additional cameras will assist to identify offenders.” 

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has more than 500 cameras at locations throughout the Fraser Coast and this investment will mean additional cameras can be installed at more locations. 

Mr Pitt said the Coalition Government is also investing in early intervention programs with two Hervey Bay-based organisations receiving funding through the Safer Communities Fund. 

“We need to ensure that our young people have the tools they need to achieve their full potential and these are two community-led solutions to help these young people turn their lives around,” Mr Pitt said. 

“Trauma Assist received a $1.4 million grant to run a Youth Assist program for at-risk 12-24 year olds to help keep them in school, get into work and stop destructive behaviours.  

“The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre received a $416,856 grant to support 80 at-risk local youth aged between 15-24 to re-engage them into education or employment and increase their participation with the community.” 

Only the Coalition Government has a plan to continue delivering a strong economy and a stronger future for the residents of Hinkler. 

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