No quick solution for CCTV funding
THE State Government could fund the installation of CCTV cameras in Mt Druitt.
In September, Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla called for CCTV in Mt Druitt CBD and asked about funding, to eradicate crime.
The government responded that it “has established a $10 million Community Safety Fund, administered by the NSW Department of Justice, to support local projects to improve community safety and reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour”. It said the fund “will be open for a second round of funding applications in 2017”.
Mr Atalla previously said Blacktown Council and the government had a vested interest in CCTV in the area.
He said last week the next step was to secure funding when it became available.
“I have written to Blackown Council asking them to make a submission next year,” Mr Atalla said. “We will follow it up and see if the government is serious.”
Should a CCTV system be installed, it would record at and around Dawson Mall.
Between last July and June this year there were 1256 incidents of malicious damage to property per 100,000 people in Mt Druitt, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. The NSW rate is 844 per 100,000 people.
Mt Druitt police crime manager Inspector David Goddard said cameras throughout the area were a “no-brainer”.