CITY of Joondalup will shine brighter thanks to a Federal Government grant to install lighting upgrades in the city centre.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough announced the $675,000 grant on Friday as part of the second round of the Government’s $40 million Safer Communities program.
The aim is to deter criminal and suspicious activity and antisocial behaviour and provide a safer environment in the City’s major entertainment and business district.
It also hopes to help support the cooperation and information exchange between the City and WA Police.
“I am a regular diner at restaurants and cafes located in the precinct centred around Davidson Terrace, Reid Promenade and Boas Avenue at night,” Mr Goodenough said.
“The dim street lighting is not conducive to walking between hospitality venues and returning to your parked car.
“Families will feel more comfortable with brighter lighting, which will improve the ambience of the area.
“In 2016, I presented the City with a cheque for $327,700 to install CCTV cameras and upgraded lighting at five locations in central Joondalup and am pleased to expand the network.”
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City had a “clear goal of realising a vibrant CBD both during and after business hours”.
“Better lighting and better security are key ingredients for activating the City’s hospitality and nightlife,” he said.
As part of the 2018-19 Federal Budget, a third round of Safer Communities grants has been announced and will be open for applications early in the second half of the year.