Abbott campaigns in Cooroy
THREE Coalition 'big guns' have hit the streets of Cooroy to promise 23 new CCTV cameras to monitor the town.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, former Deputy PM and retiring Wide Bay MP Warren Truss and Wide Bay LNP candidate Llew O'Brien took a stroll down Maple St, greeting shop owners and residents, before heading to the Butter Factory to reveal a new security initiative.
As part of the LNP's Safer Streets Program, 23 CCTV cameras will be installed throughout Cooroy's CBD to deter crime and keep a watchful eye on potential offenders. Mr Abbott said he was pleased to be announcing the initiative as it would make Cooroy safer and result in stronger consequences for law breakers.
"I'm here to make an announcement on behalf of the Australian Government," Mr Abbott said.
"Today I can announce that the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce's application for $200,000 to install 23 closed- circuit TVs here in this town has been approved.
"If you are up to no good and there is CCTV, you will be identified, you will be prosecuted and you will be punished.
"And that's what needs to happen. There has got to be consequences for bad behaviour. Today's announcement will be very good for Cooroy and very good for the region."
Mr Abbott said the cost of installing the cameras would be funded by proceeds of crime.
"The Safer Streets Program is an important initiative of the Coalition government in Canberra," Mr Abbott said. "We are taking the proceeds of crime and we are putting it back to build safer communities. We are putting it back to make our streets safer."
Cooroy Chamber of Commerce president Danielle Taylor said the security cameras would improve the outcomes of Cooroy police.
"We have a fantastic relationship with the Cooroy police and they do a great job, and this is just going to enhance the great work that they already do," Ms Taylor said. "We're going to be selling the message that Cooroy is open for business and closed for crime."
Cooroy Butchery owner Trent Kirkpatrick said he welcomed the proposal as the cameras were necessary to prevent crime.
"I think it's a necessity, especially being in the centre CBD area. I don't think they need too many cameras to just do Cooroy," Mr Kirkpatrick said.
Cooroy police sergeant Mal Scott said the modern cameras would likely be installed in coming months.
"They're only very small dome-type cameras. They're high-tech, we can zoom in and they're very inconspicuous. They are infrared so that'll be an added bonus," Sgt Scott said.
"They'll hopefully be installed within three to six months."
Mr Abbott began his walk through Cooroy at the Bendigo Bank, saying hello to shop owners and surprising locals in the centre of town.
Mr Abbott visited the newsagent, buying Mr O'Brien a lottery ticket to wish him "good luck" in the coming weeks.
After buying two steak fillets from Cooroy Butchery, Mr Abbott recalled the last memorable experience he had in Noosa.
"Last time I dropped in on the Sunshine Coast I was on a surfboard," he quipped.
The former prime minister finished his afternoon in the town with lunch at the Cooroy Hotel.
Mr Abbott commended Cooroy for its prosperity and positive atmosphere.