THE Gold Coast City Council has received $250,000 from the Coalition Government to implement the Gold Coast Safer Precincts project.
The Safer Precincts project will improve community safety by expanding the Gold Coast Safety Camera Network.
The Coalition Government said it was delivering on its election commitment to improve the safety and security of the Gold Coast community and its visitors.
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Justice Minister Michael Keenan listened to what locals had to say at a community crime forum organised by the Member for Moncrieff in Ashmore on Monday.
Gold Coast City Council will install an additional seven CCTV cameras in identified hotspots in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Southport and Coolangatta that lack adequate coverage.
The additional cameras installed through this project will support a range of other safety initiatives and provide immediate benefit to the city’s busy entertainment and tourist industry.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, said crime prevention was a key priority for the Government.
“This important project is a starting point to further reducing crime across Australia under the Safer Streets Program,” Mr Keenan said.
Mr Keenan also gave an update on the National Anti-Gangs Squad, Queensland Strike Team.
He said the Queensland Strike Team, Australia’s first, had been an ‘enormous success’ and had received more than 100 requests for assistance from Queensland authorities since it’s inception late last year.
“We’ve had over a million dollars in cash seized, drugs, precursors to drugs, a boat, jet skis, six Rolex watches and significant sums of cash have all been seized in months,” he said.
Mr Keenan said that money would go back into the community.
“Once the proceedings in relation that have been concluded, are all of those will go into proceeds of crime which we will then reinvest in crime fighting around the country but particularly in the Gold Coast,” he said.