Liberals promise new eyes on Ellenbrook

Sandra Wallis, from the Swan Chamber of Commerce, City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zaninno, incoming Pearce MHR Christian Porter, Coalition justice spokesman Michael Keenan and Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt discuss the funding.
Sandra Wallis, from the Swan Chamber of Commerce, City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zaninno, incoming Pearce MHR Christian Porter, Coalition justice spokesman Michael Keenan and Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt discuss the funding.

Liberal MP for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt, pledged $500,000 additional funding for CCTV in the region last week.

The new funding commitment was welcomed by Swan Chamber of Commerce President Joe Natoli.

Mr Natoli said that there were already business owners in the community who had taken the management of crime into their own hands with CCTV at their own expense.

‘For over 20 years, the Swan Chamber, in association with the local police, has lobbied the City of Swan on this issue,’ he said. ‘Until chief executive Mike Foley and Mayor Charlie Zannino came on board, our submissions fell on deaf ears.’

The commitment was part of the Liberal’s Safer Streets Communities Grants program.

‘We know CCTV is a powerful deterrent to crime and anti-social behaviour,’ Mr Natoli said.

He said safer streets can only help in developing an active night culture in the area, moving away from being seen as merely nine to five precincts.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the council would map out the most important areas for CCTV locations, with the broader Ellenbrook Town Centre being the focus.

‘The City welcomes the commitment from the federal Liberal Party to provide $500,000 in funding for additional CCTV resources in the Midland and Ellenbrook,’ he said. ‘The City is committed to the CCTV project, and ensuring the safety of its residents and patrons.’

Incoming Pearce MP Christian Porter said CCTV had proven a powerful tool for enhancing community safety.

‘Not only for apprehending perpetrators but for deterring anti-social behaviour all together,’ he said.

Mr Porter said the best place to tackle crime was at a local level.

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the local commitment was ‘one of the best we’ve heard so far in the Federal election campaign’.

‘We have been advocating and lobbying for a safer community,’ Cr Zannino said.

‘Our mobile units have proved that CCTV is a deterrent to crime.

‘This is a great result.’