February 25, 2019
Almost a million dollars will be spent by the Federal Government to install CCTV cameras near key locations in Cherbourg.
Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced the grant alongside Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray at the Cherbourg Council Chambers on Monday morning.
The $987,000 grant is from Round 3 of the Federal Government’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund.
Money in this fund comes from proceeds of crime.
Mr O’Brien congratulated Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council on its application for the funding, which will be used to install 54 cameras at strategic locations throughout Cherbourg.
Mayor Arnold said the cameras would monitor the areas around Cherbourg Hospital, Cherbourg State School, Ny-Ku Byun aged care home and the Gundoo Day Care Centre.
They would also be installed along Barambah Avenue which will provide coverage for the radio station, Council Chambers, hall, the Ration Shed Museum complex and the Lena Buck Centre for women.
“It’s as the result of a very strong application put in by the Council and it’s going to make a great difference to the town,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These grants really help to prevent crime. They also help to detect crime but really when people know that these cameras are here, it prevents crime.
“It makes the community safer.”
Mayor Murray thanked the Federal Government and Mr O’Brien on behalf of Cherbourg Council.
“It will make this place safer and prevent a lot of crime,” he said.
The cameras will be installed by Kingaroy Security Patrol.
It’s expected they will be monitored by police in Cherbourg and Murgon as well as Council staff.
Mayor Murray said that as well, 10 community members would be trained by Kingaroy Security to patrol the streets.
CCTV camera systems were installed in Murgon in 2017 and in Nanango in 2018, both funded by the Safer Communities Fund.
Wondai also has an application in under Round 3 of the program but this has not been officially announced as yet.
southburnett.com.au understands that an application by Kingaroy under the same round was not successful.