CCTV to keep volunteers and shoppers safe at Vinnies Gympie

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A much loved Gympie charity shop will be protected with a new CCTV system and duress alarm, thanks to a Safer Communities grant announced by Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland will receive $15,865 through Round 3 of the Coalition's $30 million Safer Communities Fund to install the camera security system and alarm at Vinnies Gympie store.

"The cameras and alarm will be a deterrent for antisocial behaviour such as illegal dumping, theft and vandalism, and will allow Vinnies staff and volunteers to continue the good work the organisation does in our community, helping people in need," Mr O'Brien said.

"People donate a range of goods to Vinnies Gympie which are then sold in store to raise funds for community projects.  The CCTV cameras will help to ensure that the community receives the benefit of these donations.

"This serves to promote community safety in the area, protecting volunteers as well as people working and shopping in the area."

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition's ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities to address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance. This further commitment brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20.

More than 300 projects will have been delivered by the Coalition Government across Australia over the three rounds to keep Australians safe.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together.

The Coalition has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities.

"The Coalition will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer," Mr Dutton said.

 
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