Community Safety Package to help keep Lindsay safe
Popular recreational and shopping areas in Lindsay will benefit from a $1,285,000 Community Safety Package as part of a re-elected Morrison Government’s plan to keep Australians safe and secure.
Under the investment, $1 million will be provided to Penrith City Council to install lighting along the Great River Walk from Jamison Road to Nepean Avenue.
Liberal Candidate for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh, said the funding would ensure that everyone could enjoy the Nepean River safely.
“Nepean River is a recreational hub for our community and everyone should be able to enjoy it,” Ms McIntosh said.
“I know many residents, particularly women, have felt they have been unable to use the Great River Walk at night because of the lack of lighting.
“No one should feel unsafe in our public spaces and this funding will ensure that our River can be equally enjoyed by all.”
Penrith City Council will also receive $250,000 in funding for the installation of CCTV cameras in Kingswood, Werrington and St Marys.
Cameras will be installed around the Kingswood shopping village on Bringelly Road, including at the Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, at the Werrington shops along Victoria Street and at Veness Place carpark in St Marys.
Senator Marise Payne said a re-elected Morrison Government would deliver the CCTV and lighting package as a priority.
“Throughout the week, thousands of locals and tourists alike flock to our River to enjoy the scenery and tranquillity.
“The new lighting will mean the walk is lit from end to end, boosting safety at night which will enable more people to enjoy our River.”
Senator Payne said funding for the CCTV cameras would give business owners and residents peace of mind.
“Business owners and residents deserve to feel safe in their own communities,” she said.
“Providing funding for CCTV cameras is a practical step and will help boost community safety around in well trafficked areas.”
Ms McIntosh said tackling anti-social and criminal activity would help ease concerns about community safety.
“I’ve received a lot of feedback from the business community about ensuring there is the infrastructure in place to deal with criminal and anti-social behaviour around our shopping villages.
“Getting CCTV cameras in place at these locations will help keep businesses and patrons safe.”
Mayor of Penrith City Council, Cr Ross Fowler, said new safety infrastructure would enhance the amenity of the City’s public spaces.
“This funding is very welcome as Council receives a lot of feedback on issues around community safety,” Cr Fowler said.
“In particular, addressing the ‘missing link’ at the Great River Walk will ensure that everyone in our community can benefit from its walking track, whether it is day or night.”
Arti Chand, owner of family-run Sunset Thai on Bringelly Street, Kingswood, said she was pleased action was being taken.
“CCTV cameras will help put a stop to the petty theft and anti-social behaviour which we face,” Ms Chand said.
“Getting the cameras in place will help us better protect our outdoor seating area and will help us to better look after our customers and staff.”
Dulcie and Max Harrison OAM, the founders of the Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, welcomed the announcement.
“The neighbourhood centre is cherished by our community so it’s really lovely to see this type of investment being made,” Mrs Harrison said.
A CCTV camera at the centre will help residents feel more safe and welcome - which is what our centre is all about.”
In addition, $35,000 will be provided to the Penrith CBD Corporation for additional CCTV cameras along High Street, Penrith.
Gai Hawthorn, CEO of Penrith CBD Corporation, said the funding for CCTV cameras along High Street would boost safety along High Street.
“The money enhances the future state of our local business community and we welcome the federal support for Penrith,” Ms Hawthorn said.
“It was good to meet with Melissa a few months ago and I’m grateful she’s heard our concerns.