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Australia : Lights, Cameras, Action CCTV grants now open for councils.

Applications open today for local councils to apply for the next round of CCTV grants to help reduce crime rates and improve community safety.

Attorney-General John Rau said the $2 million program, provided over four years, will assist local councils to implement CCTV systems and associated works to tackle local crime hotspots.

The State Government is partnering with local councils to ensure they are supported to deliver CCTV where it is needed most, he said. We are inviting councils to submit applications from today, matching State Government money dollar for dollar. We believe local councils are in a good position to come up with solutions to combat crime issues in their neighbourhoods. Under this program, we will be getting more cameras into the right locations so CCTV footage can help prevent crime and catch offenders when they commit an offence.

LGA President, Mayor Dave Burgess said community safety is a priority for Councils and we appreciate this funding opportunity to update and install CCTV units. CCTV installations can support both Council community safety priorities and assist the State in its policing and prosecution responsibilities and are a great area for partnering. The 2016 CCTV Grants program is the second of four rounds of CCTV funding.

Mr Rau said round one of the CCTV Grants program announced last year saw seven councils secure approximately $450,000 for projects across South Australia, from Mount Gambier to Ceduna.

The grants can also assist with the purchase and installation of security lighting, he said.The CCTV Grants program also follows on from the State Government s $4.9 million commitment to CCTV safety solutions in the heart of Adelaide, which recently saw 21 additional cameras installed from Adelaide Oval to the Riverbank and Gouger Street restaurant precinct, as well as the expansion of monitoring capabilities to 24/7.

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Date:Sep 15, 2015
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