Anger at CCTV ‘broken promise’

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Gosnells MLA Chris Tallentire at Gosnells bus depot. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d412300
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Gosnells MLA Chris Tallentire at Gosnells bus depot. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d412300

A February State election campaign advertisement from Liberal Gosnells candidate David Goode’s promised ‘additional CCTV cameras for train stations and bus depots, such as Gosnells and Thornlie train stations.’

Gosnells MLA Chris Tallentire said the Government had broken its promise to deliver CCTV.

‘I will be challenging the Police Minister on my constituents’ behalf to make good on the community safety pledges the Liberals made in our area,’ he said.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said that during the campaign, the Liberals committed to providing $13.5 million for an integrated CCTV network to help in police tasking, which included funding for more cameras in crime hotspots.

‘The policy, which included $5 million over four years to provide capital grants aimed at increasing CCTV in identifiable high-crime areas, was not location-specific,’ she said.

‘Crime hotspots, such as the areas surrounding Gosnells train station and bus depots are precisely the types of locations that this policy is aimed at targeting for CCTV.’

She said the Government was developing a strategy in consultation with local government, the Public Transport Authority and other stakeholders to guide CCTV investment.