Justice knocks back funding

A PROJECT aimed at improving safety in some of Tamworth’s violence hotspots has been rejected for funding by the federal government.

After the previous government promised $300,000 under its National Crime Prevention Fund, New England MP Barnaby Joyce vowed to kick in $200,000 during the election campaign to complete the project.

But in a letter to Tamworth Regional Council received this week, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the government was “unable to allocate funding ... at this time”.

“The former government chose not to enter into a funding agreement with your organisation and led you to believe that an agreement would be established imminently when it knew it had no way of honouring its promises if it failed to win the election,” Mr Keenan wrote.

Mr Joyce last night said any commitment he made during the election would stand and he was “actively pursuing” the matter.

The project included additional CCTV cameras in Peel St and lighting for Coledale’s Centenary Park.

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