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Abbott Government delivers on Safer Streets funding for Dunkley electorate

The Coalition Government has delivered on its commitment to address crime and anti-social behaviour, Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson said today.

The 2014-15 Federal Budget includes funding under the Coalition Government’s Safer Streets Programme, where proceeds of crime will be directed to fund local crime prevention projects including:

• $400,000 for CCTV network upgrade and expansions and laneway and street safety lighting improvements for Mornington Village
• $88,000 for Langwarrin Graffiti Response and Prevention Program
• $79,000 for closed circuit television cameras for Seaford foreshore, shopping village, pier precinct, railway car park
• $78,000 for closed circuit television cameras and lighting for Langwarrin Gateway Shopping Centre carpark
• $55,000 for the Frankston Central Activities District – network expansion
• $59,000 for closed circuit television cameras and lighting for the Mahogany Neigbourhood Centre

Mr Billson welcomed the Coalition Government’s $759,000 investment to improve security in the local community.

“The Coalition made a pre-election commitment to fight crime and deter anti-social behaviour and I am proud to be delivering on this commitment with Minister Keenan,” Mr Billson said.

“I have been working with the Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Frankston and Mornington Police, Chambers of Commerce and community groups for years to identify and implement community safety and personal security improvements for our community.

“We have come a long way since the Dunkley Community Safety Plan was initially rolled out and this funding is a big step forward to making our streets, areas around our shopping centres and businesses safer,” Mr Billson said.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan congratulated Bruce Billson on the hard work undertaken over many years to secure the funding for local communities.
“Our Government committed to help local communities deliver effective local solutions to crime hot-spots and anti-social behaviour through the $50 million Safer Streets programme and we are delivering on that commitment in this Budget.

“All Australians have the right to feel safe and secure in their community and the Safer Streets Programme will help achieve that,” Mr Keenan said.

Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au.