O'Dowd wants community help to make streets safer

FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd is calling on the public to help identify local crime spots that he can put forward for funding under the Australian Government's Safer Streets Program, with the second round of the scheme set to open next month.

"We need to take a proactive approach to enhancing community safety and security, both in real terms by reducing street crime and antisocial behaviour and through increased perception of safety," Mr O'Dowd said.

"This will reduce fear of crime and increase feelings of safety in our region and contribute to greater community resilience."

The Safer Streets Program is a $50 million grants scheme that aims to provide non-recurrent funding for one-off, time-limited crime prevention projects in local communities.

Round one of the program delivered $19.5 million to fund security‑related infrastructure projects or remove environmental characteristics that facilitate street crime in local retail, entertainment and commercial precincts that have been identified as experiencing problems with criminal or anti-social behaviour.

Mr O'Dowd said his Flynn electorate would benefit from diverse projects that could be funded in round two, which would deliver more than $20 million to worthy projects, and points to the success of security infrastructure already constructed in Flynn.

"Under the program, we can increase CCTV surveillance and better lighting in streets, parks and community areas," Mr O'Dowd said.

"We have had proven success with projects including security cameras at Monto and Gayndah in the North Burnett, Blackwater in the Central Highlands and at the Gladstone PCYC, where a crime was recorded and solved within a week of implementing the cameras."

Residents are being asked to contact Mr O'Dowd's Gladstone and Emerald electorate offices with areas of concern.

"My office will certainly be letting people know when the funding round opens and providing additional information and support in submitting an application under the programme," he said.

People can call Mr O'Dowd's Gladstone office on 4972 5465 or his Emerald office on 4982 4266.

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