Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

Delivering Safer Communities in Swan




22 February 2019


Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons MP has today announced that funding of $500,000 has been granted to the City of South Perth to enable them to install safety and security measures including 58 CCTV cameras in crime hotspots like Karawara Park.

The federal funding will enable CCTV cameras to be installed at Karawara, Mends Street, Coode Street, Sir James Mitchell Park and Mill Point Road.

The funding will also allow for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Systems bollards to be installed in three locations to address the possibility of hostile vehicles entering key areas of the South Perth foreshore, particularly during large community events such as Australia Day.

The funding has been committed under Round 3 of the Coalition’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund.

Mr Irons has continued to work closely with local residents, WA Police and the City of South Perth to target areas with a high crime level.  Mr Irons said the Liberal Government’s Safer Communities Fund is such a significant and important investment in cracking down on local crime and anti-social behaviour in Swan.

Mr Irons said 222 residents returned his survey to register their support for CCTV cameras in Karawara.

“As we know, security infrastructure like CCTV cameras have been an integral part in both solving and preventing crimes.

 “I would like to thank the community for the large response to my survey and particularly local resident and petitioner Viral Shah for his advocacy.  The strong support of residents enabled me to take this issue to Canberra and secure funding for 8 CCTV cameras for Karawara.

“Here in Karawara many residents are terrified in their own neighbourhood and have reported incidents of anti-social behaviour and break-ins which is also preventing the enjoyment of our community spaces such as Karawara Park.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own neighbourhood and CCTV is an effective deterrent and can also help identify offenders.

“My top priority will always be to keep residents and our Swan community safe,” Mr Irons said.

City of South Perth Mayor, Sue Doherty welcomed the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Funding saying it would help to improve the safety of the City of South Perth community.  

“Facilitating and fostering a connected and safe community is a priority for the City.

“This funding will enable the City to implement priority projects in its CCTV and Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plans.

“The installation of important safety and security measures such as CCTV cameras and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation System bollards will help to reduce crime in the City’s crime and anti-social hotspots, and in public opens spaces including Karawara Park and at Sir James Mitchell Park on South Perth Foreshore.

“I acknowledge the work of Steve Irons MP in advocating for this substantial funding and infrastructure for the City of South Perth community,” Ms Doherty said.

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening. 

The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance.

This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.

More than 300 projects will have been delivered by the Coalition Government across Australia over the three rounds to keep Australians safe.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together.

The Coalition has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities. “The Coalition will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer,” Mr Dutton said.

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