CLARE O’NEIL MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MEMBER FOR HOTHAM
EMMA MCBRIDE MP MEMBER FOR DOBELL
COMMUNITY GROUPS COULD MISS OUT ON PROMISED CCTV
Shadow Minister for Justice, Clare O’Neil, and Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, have called on the Government to deliver its $205,000 election promise to install CCTV cameras across the Central Coast.
The funding, announced during the Federal election, is for 37 fixed CCTV cameras at Toukley Senior Citizens Centre, Cottage Youth Centre, Tumbi Community Hall and Sohier Park and for two mobile CCTV cameras at the boat ramp car park and Bald Street in Norah Head.
Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, appears to have backed away from his commitment. Central Coast Council will now have to apply for funding under a grant program that hasn’t even been set up.
“Labor is disappointed that Michael Keenan would promise money to keep people safe and then take it away from our community after the election,” Ms O’Neil said.
“The Norah Head Marine Rescue is keen to see its project secure funding to make sure they keep people safe on our waterways this summer,” Ms McBride said.
“When I visited Toukley Senior Citizens, Club Secretary Bruce Kirkness showed me the damage done to their windows and doors,” Ms McBride said.
“It’s disappointing that Council has no certainty around this funding. Why make a promise during the election campaign, then change the rules?”
The funding commitment on the Central Coast is one of seven announcements made by the Government in marginal seats during the election campaign through the Safer Communities Fund. Labor has written to the Justice Minister asking him to honour his promise to these communities, including the Central Coast.