$237,00 funding for Chinchilla CCTV cameras
REPCO Chinchilla manager Dan Harmon has seen firsthand how shoplifting has affected businesses in Chinchilla’s Heeney St.
Hopefully, that will soon be a thing of the past, with the announcement of $237,400 in funding for 14 CCTV cameras around Chinchilla’s CBD, thanks to the Federal Government’s Safer Streets Program.
“(Shoplifting) used to be a lot more regular until our store got cameras,” he said, adding that the 14 new cameras would “definitely” reduce instances of shoplifting up and down the street.
He also believed the new cameras would help create a lot safer, more community-oriented environment in Chinchilla’s main street, with nowhere to hide for anti-social individuals.
The funding was announced by Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and welcomed by LNP candidate for Maranoa David Littleproud.
Mr Littleproud was in town on Saturday for the announcement with Western Downs Regional Council mayor Paul McVeigh and Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president Rob Hart.
Funding for CCTV cameras is something the CCCI has been pushing for several years now, which made the announcement all the more exciting for Mr Hart.
“We thought we were over the line once, and we got disappointed. As a tribute to the relentlessness of some of our board, ultimately we got it, which is good. Nothing ever happens overnight unfortunately,” he said.
“There’s a clear community and business need for it and it’s all part of making Chinchilla more prosperous.
“A lot of credit needs to go to David who listened to the community and saw an opportunity within government and that’s the sort of people we need representing us.”
After Mr Littleproud had identified the funding opportunity, council came on board to help with the funding application.
Cr McVeigh said the issue of CCTV cameras had been highlighted during the local government election campaign as a significant issue for Chinchilla.
“It is a great result for local government and federal government working together and that’s a relationship we want to enhance,” he said.