THE region’s crime-fighting efforts were bolstered last Friday with news Tamworth Regional Council will receive federal funding to the tune of $300,000 to increase CCTV numbers in the CBD and install lighting along the prescient of its newest youth centre.
Tamworth Regional Council applied for a $500,000 grant as part of the national crime-prevention program on May 29.
While it didn’t receive the full amount, deputy mayor Russell Webb isn’t complaining – though he did admit the program would have to be wound back to meet the grant.
“We are very happy we have received part of the funding we applied for, as it is money we can put into our community to help make our community a safer place,” Cr Webb said.
“That funding will now be able to be utilised for the lighting and associated structures of the new youth centre at Coledale, and the purchase and installation of a number of CCTV cameras in our CBD.”
He hopes the CCTVs are installed as soon as possible.
“The cameras are the one I’m really honing into, as it is something we can get really stuck into. It’s a huge benefit in crime detection and crime deterrence and has been one of the things that we have found to be a great success,” he said.
Cr Webb said he was unsure where all the new cameras would be located but that it was likely one or two would be installed along Bridge St, including one on the bridge and another along the Peel River footbridge.
“That is an area that is badly in need of actions that might deter problems,” he said.
But before any work can begin on the ground, further paperwork between the council and the attorney-general’s department has to be finalised.
“The next step will be to negotiate a funding agreement. That agreement will set out the terms and conditions and timeframes the money will be spent in,” Cr Webb said.
“Once that agreement is signed off, the progress on the physical work can take place.
“Having said that, I have no doubt there would be a settlement period with the new government and that process could take a month or two.”