GOOSEBERRY Hill residents hope a funding announcement for CCTV cameras at Zig Zag Hill carpark will help address safety and crime concerns at the popular lookout.
Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt announced funding of $170,000 towards CCTV cameras in the Shire of Kalamunda last week if the Federal Government is re-elected.
Local resident Sue Nobles said hooning, drugs and alcohol were a significant problem at the popular spot and was concerned it would only be a matter of time before someone was seriously injured or killed.
She said along with other neighbours, she had experienced damage to her property and had her bins knocked over by hoons.
“It’s a small group of people who are ruining it for everyone,” she said.
“It’s been an ongoing issue and something that personally affects us and it seems like nothing is being done by the police or Shire, and it will take someone to die for action to be taken.”
Ms Nobles said she believed CCTV cameras would be a step in the right direction.
“CCTV would be welcomed by the group, but it needs to be supported by police,” she said. “This isn’t an isolated issue, it happens everywhere and it would be great if no matter what party was elected, they ensure measures are taken to help deal with it.”
Mr Wyatt said he recently attended a crime forum in Kalamunda and heard concerns over hoon drivers and hoped the funding would help deter hoon drivers in the area.
Forrestfield Police Senior Sergeant Simon Park said police did monitor Zig Zag Hill, but said not enough people were reporting incidents to increase patrols to the area.
“It has been a problem area for a very long time and cars hooning in the area is a concern, but unless people report it, we don’t know what is going on and cannot help,” he said.
“CCTV cameras in the area would be a positive step and help deter some activity in the area.
“We would encourage people to be proactive and if they see any suspicious activity or large groups of cars or motorbikes heading up the hill to contact the police and report it.”
Shire of Kalamunda President Andrew Waddell said the Shire had submitted applications to State and Federal governments for funding for CCTV cameras in the area.
“The Shire of Kalamunda is concerned over the continued issue of hooning and anti-social behaviour at this location,” Cr Waddell said.