MORE CCTV IN THE PIPELINE FOR TAMWORTH
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced plans to push for more CCTV across Tamworth.
Mr Anderson said the need for more cameras has come following recent meetings with business owners, Tamworth Business Chamber and Tamworth Regional Council after a spate of vandalism through Bridge Street and the Carter Street sporting fields.
“Our community can’t keep putting up with windows being smashed, walls being covered with graffiti and our sporting fields being torn up by petty vandals that’s why I am supporting a $250,000 application to the NSW Government for funding for more CCTV in Tamworth in two keys areas.
“We need to keep looking at how we assist our police in addressing anti-social behaviour in our community and the installation of CCTV in these two locations will go a long way in doing that.”
Tamworth Business Chamber President Lia Mahony said businesses deserve the opportunity to conduct business without the added burden of paying for vandals.
“We want our local businesses to not have to worry whether their shopfronts will be vandalised at night and that’s why we have joined with the council and Kevin Anderson in an application to fund more CCTV in Tamworth.”
Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Col Murray said CCTV has proven to be a highly successful tool in identifying and prosecuting criminals in Tamworth.
“Council’s placement of CCTV cameras in Bicentennial Park and in the CBD has already led to a number of prosecutions for malicious damage. The opportunity to extend our CCTV network to cover the Carter Street sporting fields and the Bridge Street retail precinct means any criminal behaviour in these areas will be captured on film and reported to Police with the evidence needed for a conviction.”
The application for funding is now being assessed through the NSW Community Safety Fund with a decision to be made in the coming months.