The Port Augusta City Council has received $195,873 from the federal government’s Safer Communities Fund to be used for security infrastructure.
Announced on Thursday, April 20, the funding will be used by council to purchase and install security related infrastructure such as network equipment, CCTV cameras and security software.
This is aimed to provide front line police and security officers the resources to monitor and prevent crime and to deter antisocial behaviour around the central business district, foreshore district and the airport.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the confirmation of funding.
“The government is delivering on our election commitments in Grey under the Safer Communities Fund to boost community safety across Australia,” he said.
And this funding will help keep the Port Augusta community safe, reduce vandalism and graffiti and support crime prevention.
“As we all know, CCTV and security infrastructure has been a pivotal factor in both solving crimes and preventing crimes.” Mr Ramsey said he was also pleased because he’s had constituents report violent behaviour on the wharf with subsequent complaints about the lack of cameras for police.
The Safer Communities Fund is a grassroots level grant programme to assist local communities address crime and anti-social behaviour and support crime prevention initiatives.
The funding is being delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on behalf of the federal Attorney-General's department.
Council Director of Community Services, Anne O’Reilly, said the CCTV upgrade is an important tool in reducing anti-social behaviour, and complements other programs such as the city-safe patrol.
“We welcome the funding to improve the CCTV network which will include software upgrades to enable real-time monitoring of cameras from remote devices including tablets and notebooks,” Mrs O”Reilly said.
“This provides police and security officers with additional security tools which will be used to deter anti-social behaviour, prevent crime and in cases where a crime occurs, the footage can be used as evidence in prosecutions.”