No quick so­lu­tion for CCTV fund­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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”.

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