Ryde Council has confirmed that CCTV cameras will be installed in the Eastwood Plaza area in the coming fortnight.
Member of Parliament for Bennelong, John Alexander MP secured funding from the Attorney General’s office to improve safety in the area following a brutal attack on a local resident.
The Federal Government announced it would provide Ryde Council with $200,000 for the project in August 2013. After a long process of discussion between the Council, Police and local groups, Ryde Council has confirmed that installation works will commence in the next fortnight.
John Alexander said: “I am pleased to see that these cameras will finally be installed in this area. They were first proposed to meet a need in the area following a violent attack, and the sooner they are functioning, the safer our local community will be.”
“The best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it occurring in the first place, and this commitment as part of the Coalition’s Safer Streets Communities Grants program will make Eastwood safer than ever.”
“I know that the Chinese community has been fighting for better security for many years and I am glad that the Council will be honouring my commitment to implement crime prevention initiatives to help make our streets safer at night.”
Hugh Lee, President of Eastwood Chinese Senior Citizens Club, added, “This is such a vibrant city and we would like to keep it safe. We have been fighting to get security measures for many years, and I am very glad that Ryde Council is installing them with the money that John Alexander arranged from the Government.
CCTV is not everything, but at least we see some signs around and we see that the criminals would be not so active in the area because they know that they will be captured.
Thank you to John Alexander. We appreciate that he is working so hard for our community.”