Public safety to be improved at key Games precinct

Published Thursday, 03 August, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Mark Furner

The Southport Broadwater Parklands Public Safety Lighting and CCTV project is nearing completion and is expected to be fully operational well before the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Parklands will host the swimming, diving, marathon and triathlon events next April and will be a transport hub for the thousands of ticket holders travelling between events.

Inspecting the works, Minister for Local Government Mark Furner said the new security infrastructure will improve the premier recreational park and key Commonwealth Games precinct.

“The Palaszczuk Government is pleased to provide almost $615,000 in funding to the Gold Coast City Council from the 2016-17 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program for the project,” Mr Furner said.

“The new lights and CCTV cameras in the Broadwater Parklands will increase security for both visitors and locals, especially when they are in the park after dark.”

Mr Furner said the project was on track for a November completion.

“The new lighting and closed circuit TV installations are well advanced,” Mr Furner said.

“When completed, the Parklands will feature 32 new path lights and an additional 10 CCTV cameras, adding to the 22 CCTV cameras in the Parklands and 28 cameras in Southport CBD.”

Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate also inspected the works with Mr Furner and said public safety was a top priority for his Council.

“Since 2012, we have doubled the number of CCTV cameras in our city and I know there is groundswell support for this technology,” Cr Tate said.

“This public safety lighting and CCTV upgrade will benefit locals and our 13 million visitors for many years.”

The Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program supports local governments to deliver infrastructure which is designed to create jobs and contribute to building safe, caring and connected communities.

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