Tamworth Regional Council votes in favour of doubling budget for crime prevention plan

MONEY DOWN: Council beefs up its crime prevention budget.
MONEY DOWN: Council beefs up its crime prevention budget.

TAMWORTH Regional Council has bolstered its crime prevention strategy, tossing an extra $10,000 at the plan from the budget.

Councillors voted in favour of the new strategy which will guide council’s efforts in stemming and preventing crime in the community for the next five years.

The plan received no formal feedback during public exhibition.

Russell Webb, chair of the crime prevention working, urged his fellow councillors to see the value in doubling the budget for the strategy.

“We’ll find a lot more work will have to be done,” Cr Webb said.

“I think this will increase the workload for the staff.”

He said local government would have a part to play in national security.

The federal government recently encouraged councils to apply for funding for security measures.

With council throwing some financial gumption behind its own crime strategy, Cr Webb said it would look favourable in applications for federal support.