Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    Proceeds of crime grants boost beach safety

    15/02/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $200,000 to increase community safety at Coogee Beach
    Attorney General Christian Porter has announced a grant offer of $200,000 to the City of Cockburn so it can trial a CCTV project at popular Coogee Beach.

    In the latest round of the State Government’s criminal property confiscation grants program, 14 grants totalling $1.76million have been offered to local government and non-profit community groups.

    The City of Cockburn applied for the money, the maximum available under the grants program, to set up nine CCTV cameras at Coogee Beach to improve safety for beachgoers and nearby residents.

    The council chose Coogee Beach because it is a well-used area and attracts a lot of antisocial behaviour.  It said there were 187 incidents reported in the area between July 2010 and June 2011.

    Mr Porter said it was difficult for council staff to be present at all its facilities at once and the CCTV cameras would be a useful monitoring tool.  Information captured by the cameras would be fed back to the council’s security operations centre.

    “This project will benefit the families who use the beach area for recreation, as well as the many elderly residents who live nearby,” he said.

    The council will also improve lighting in the Coogee Beach area as part of its contribution to the project.

    The criminal property confiscation grants program allows local governments and non-profit community groups to apply for up to $200,000 seized under the State’s tough proceeds of crime laws to fight criminal activity, tackle drug-related issues and help victims of crime.

    The grants are released to the applicants once they have met certain pre-conditions, including contributing in-kind support to the project they are going to run.


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