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LM invests $10.9 m to enhance city safety in 14-15

19 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is investing $10.9 million in health and public safety in 2014-15 which will include the delivery of tangible projects that will enhance the city’s safety.

Cr Quirk said the continuation of the Suburban Crime Prevention Grants program would help small organisations to protect their assets and deter criminal activity.

“I have committed $273,000 to continue to provide grants to suburban businesses, not-for-profit community groups and sporting clubs for projects that will improve safety in their suburb,” he said.

“The grants can be used for a range of safety initiatives such as installing CCTV and improving lighting, as well as delivering education programs for residents and applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.”

Community safety initiatives are also being delivered through the B-Safe program, in which Council works closely with the Queensland Police Service and other organisations to achieve the vision of Brisbane as a safe, friendly city.

Cr Quirk said the program would continue to deliver personal safety seminars, complete community safety audits, update community safety information cards, develop safety videos for young people and work with the State Government to implement the new Safe Night Out Strategy.

“I am investing $268,000 in 2014-15 to continue this important program that delivers safety initiatives to make a difference in the community,” he said.

“The Personal Safety Seminars will have a focus on young people and seniors, with eight sessions to be held across the city.

“These seminars will be delivered as part of Council’s Seniors Strategy and Youth Strategy to equip these key groups with important personal safety tips and information.

“Council will also be updating the existing Women’s Safety and Wellbeing cards which include key contacts for women such as emergency contacts, housing services, indigenous and multicultural services, and counselling support services.

“These cards will be made available at our libraries, Ward offices and through a range of community services, and at safety seminars presented by Council and QPS.

“In addition to providing these materials, we are continuing to take a proactive approach to providing safe places across the city by conducting safety audits.

“Safety audits are conducted by local stakeholders in areas where safety issues have been identified and allow for recommendations to be made to improve community safety where needed.”

Another important aspect of ensuring people’s safety in the city is through the continual improvement and upgrade of the city’s existing safety and security systems such as Council’s CCTV network, CitySafe.

“I have committed $210,000 to deliver initiatives for the CitySafe program, including an upgrade of the CCTV system’s Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS),” Cr Quirk said.

“These enhancements and upgrades would enhance the city safety network, particularly during large events such as the G20 Leaders Summit.”

He said other programs that would be continuing in 2014-15 were the GraffitiSTOP program and TAG program.

“I have committed $3.6 million for the Taskforce Against Graffiti (TAG) to continue their work in reducing graffiti around our city,” Cr Quirk said.

“By removing graffiti swiftly and thoroughly, the prevalence of more graffiti being applied in the same place is reduced and impacts to the community can be minimized.

Cr Quirk said the delivery of these safety initiatives would help to realise his vision of Brisbane as a friendly and safe city.

[Ends] June 18, 2014

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