Grant to­wards a safer town

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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.”

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

For­mer Se­nior Sergeant Bren­don Bar­wick and Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Harold Tracey un­der the CCTV cam­eras at Male Oval.

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