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    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Crime-fighting technology for Cairns

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Thursday, July 03, 2014

    Crime-fighting technology for Cairns

    Families will be safer on the streets of Cairns with $168,000 going to improving and expanding the CCTV network in known crime hotspots.

    Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the Queensland Government partnered with council to upgrade CCTV in Mooroobool, Manoora, Manunda, and Edmonton.

    “A safe city is essential to boosting development opportunities and these improved CCTV cameras send a clear message that anti-social behaviour is not tolerated,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “The CCTV intervention project includes installing additional cameras and Wi-Fi capabilities at shopping centres, car parks, and local businesses, notifying Queensland Police of possible crime and violence as it happens.

    “We promised at the election to revitalise frontline services after Labor ignored problem hotspots for years and this funding delivers.

    “It’s part of our strong plan to reduce crime, creating a brighter future for families in the region.”

    Mr Crisafulli said the Cairns Regional Council CCTV Network would also look to link in with existing systems at major shopping centres including Edmonton, Westcourt, Earlville, Smithfield, and Cairns Central.

    “Councils are getting better by the day at preventing crime by identifying areas that need closer scrutiny,” he said.

    “The only people that should be worried are those who set out to harm others or damage public property that we all end up paying for.”

    Member for Cairns Gavin King has welcomed the funding.

    "The enhancement of the CCTV network is another step in our commitment to make Cairns and Queensland the safest place in Australia to raise a family,” Mr King said.

    "This project will add to our existing work to address a range of crime and social issues such as the Cairns Safer Streets Taskforce, tough new youth crime laws and more frontline police on the beat."

    The funding is part of the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

    [ENDS] 3 July 2014

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