Questions are being asked today about the future of CCTV cameras in Maitland and Rutherford.

The former Federal Labor Government committed to funding both of Maitland City Council’s projects. They were:

$99,680 - Maitland City Council  A Safer City – A Watchful City The project was to install an 11 camera wireless CCTV system in the mall and train station redevelopments to link environmental and social and developmental prevention approaches.      

$86,660 - Maitland City Council Rutherford Eye Watch The Eyewatch CCTV system of six cameras was to be placed at the Rutherford Commercial precinct, particularly the retail area between the New England Highway, Rutherford Youth Space and the Maitland Neighbourhood Centre.

These two projects were fully funded in the 2013/14 Budget and were selected by the Attorney General’s Department for funding.

When the Abbott Government were elected they cut Labor’s $40 million National Crime Prevention Fund and closed down hundreds of crime prevention projects that would have had a positive impact on our community.

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