$125,000 funding for Blue Mile CCTV

The Commonwealth Government will provide $125,000 in funding to establish comprehensive CCTV coverage along Wollongong’s Blue Mile, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, announced this morning.

The funding is made available under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, as part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to reducing crime.

“The $125,000 in funding will provide for comprehensive CCTV coverage and monitoring to be established along the entire Blue Mile, linking it to the existing Wollongong City Centre Street CCTV system.

“As the Commonwealth Government and Wollongong City Council have worked together in a fantastic partnership to upgrade community infrastructure along the Blue Mile, we are working together again to ensure that local residents and tourists are able to enjoy this new, modern infrastructure in a safe and secure environment.

“The Blue Mile precinct is growing into the central celebration point for Wollongong for major events like Australia Day and New Year’s Eve”, she said.

Ms Bird said that she acknowledged the dedication of Wollongong City Centre’s former General Manager, Mr Paul Fanning, in securing funding under a previous Commonwealth Government grant to start the CCTV coverage of the City Centre streets.

“Paul Fanning has worked hard and helped me to secure this funding so we could establish the Blue Mile CCTV coverage and that effort should be recognised”, she said.

The establishment of the Blue Mile CCTV attracted the strong support of Wollongong City Centre Ltd (representing 350 Wollongong businesses, Wollongong City Council, NSW Police and WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre.

Ms Bird said that significant savings had already been realised in the project as all underground conduits had already been laid and poles rected as the Blue Mile promenade was constructed.

“This is an example of what forward planning is all about, and how it allows different projects to benefit from doing all necessary design and structural implementation work up-front, which is a credit to Council.”

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 enables money from assets of crime confiscated under Commonwealth law to be returned to the community.

Backgound Fact Note:

  • Blue Mile CCTV coverage will start from existing Wollongong City Centre Street CCTV system, extend from the WIN Stadium and Wollongong Entertainment Centre, and along the Blue Mile promenade to the North Beach Bather’s Pavillion.
  • Current Wollongong City Centre Street CCTV system has up to 150 CCTV cameras installed and has led to 3000 arrests over past 2 years.
  • Blue Mile Promenade work has already included laying of conduits and erection of poles providing ‘value for money’.
  • CCTV cameras and cabinets can now be installed with overnment’s $125,000 funding.