Grant towards a safer town
The crime-busting CCTV network in Broome is to be expanded as part of a Federal Government grant of more than half a million dollars.
The Shire of Broome has been successful in obtaining $529,000 that will enable the council to continue rolling out its community safety plan, which includes more eyes in the sky and upgrades to street lighting.
The next stage will involve consultations with Broome police with a focus on areas around Anne Street and Matsumoto Court to help combat concerns about crime and antisocial behaviour.
Broome Shire president Harold Tracey said the funding would help play a key role in keeping people safe by broadening the number of cameras and providing better lighting.
“Community safety, crime and antisocial behaviour continue to be concerns for the Broome community and for council,” he said.
In 2017, the Shire introduced the first round of CCTV with funding help from the State Government.
Forty-three cameras were installed in Carnarvon Street, Dampier Terrace and Male Oval in Chinatown, Town Beach, the Japanese Cemetery and the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre.
Mr Tracey said the results had so far been encouraging in the war against crime. “These (measures) have already proven successful in helping police with incidents including assaults, stabbing, sly grogging, park and street drinking, and antisocial behaviour,” he said.
Mr Tracey said the grant would also be used to improve street lighting in a range of locations in Old Broome, as well as at the cemetery and the proposed BRAC 1 Youth Bike Precinct.
Kimberley District Police Superintendent Allan Adams said the additional CCTV funding was fully supported by police in Broome.
“The initial roll-out of cameras has strongly assisted local police target known trouble spots and apprehend offenders,” he said.
“A further roll-out into high harm areas, as is proposed, would be of significant value to those living in and visiting those areas and definitely assist police efforts making these areas safer.”
Broome was among 14 regional communities awarded $2.5 million to protect them from violent crimes.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the funding was sorely needed in regional WA.
“We all know that alcoholrelated violence and crime, domestic and family violence and other crimes are especially prevalent in regional communities, and is often a topic that isn’t discussed,” she said.
“It is imperative the government is doing all it can to improve community safety with tried and tested methods, like floodlighting, CCTV cameras and security lighting.”
Former Senior Sergeant Brendon Barwick and Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey under the CCTV cameras at Male Oval.