Safety remains top priority for Mayor and Council

28 February 2017

Community safety remains a top priority for Mayor Tom Tate, with a $1 million spend on new lighting and CCTV cameras for Broadwater Parklands announced today.

 The City has partnered with the State Government on the project, boosting public safety in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018).

 Ten new closed-circuit cameras will be linked to the City’s safety camera network, and additional pathway lighting in the northern and southern sections of the park will provide safer access through the park and to the Parklands G:link station.

 Mayor Tate said the upgrade would help meet future demands on the park and was an important step in ensuring even greater safety for residents and visitors.

 “Broadwater Parklands is our premier family recreational and event space and will play an integral role in hosting GC2018,” Cr Tate said.

 “The Southport and Broadwater precinct will host four major events during GC2018 and will be a central transport node for people travelling between events around the city.

 “Their safety as well as the safety of residents and visitors using the park is my No 1 concern. Initiatives such as this help ensure their experiences are as safe and enjoyable as possible.”

 Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, said the Southport Broadwater Parklands Public Safety Lighting and CCTV Project was a joint initiative of the City and State Government Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

 “Almost $615,000 has been invested by the State and with the eyes of the world turning to the Gold Coast in 2018, it is critical the public spaces of Australia’s premier seaside destination are safe and police have the tools they need to deter and apprehend offenders.

 “The State Government’s CCTV partnership, with the City of Gold Coast, demonstrates the community benefits that can be achieved when two levels of government work together.”          


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