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Jason Clare and Julie Owens make the funding announcement. Jason Clare and Julie Owens make the funding announcement. Featured
13 August 2013 Posted by 

Plan for 40 CCTV networks across Parramatta

FORTY nine crime prevention projects across NSW will receive more than $12.5 million as part of the $40 million National Crime Prevention Fund, including six projects worth a total of $1,085,438 in Parramatta.

Parramatta MP Julie Owens said the Parramatta area is crying out for CCTV and other safety infrastructure.

This project delivers 40 mobile and fixed cameras to be installed in the Parramatta CBD, Harris Park, Granville and Westmead.

Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, visited Parramatta this week to announce the successful projects with Ms Owens. The successful Parramatta projects are:

• $400,000 for Parramatta City Council for the Parramatta Public Safety CCTV Network.
• $300,000 for Anglicare NSW for the Youth Homelessness Outreach Program (YHOP) to be run out of Parramatta.
• $70,000 for the Information and Cultural Exchange for the No Bars Projects which will work with young Aboriginal, African, Arabic-speaking and Pacific Islander youth.
• $140,000 for JobQuest to run the Community Youth Engagement Initiative which assists with young migrants and refugees in Western Sydney.
• $29,500 for the Great Lake Youth Crime Prevention Project which helps African youth.
• $145,939 for the Emmaus Project which provides accommodation and support for local young people at risk off falling into a life of crime.

The National Crime Prevention Fund uses money confiscated from criminals to fund community safety infrastructure and youth outreach services.

“We are taking money from criminals and investing it across the country to help young people who are at risk of falling into a life of crime” Mr Clare said.

The National Crime Prevention Fund targets crime hotspots and funds:

• Grants to local councils for safety infrastructure including closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and lighting;
• Youth mentoring and outreach programs run by not-for-profit community organisations including Police Citizens Youth Clubs, Blue Light organisations and Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

“This is a fantastic result for Parramatta,” Ms Owens said.

“When I doorknock and talk to locals crime always comes up as one of the biggest concerns people raise. We deserve to feel safe in our community.


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