Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon has one again called on the Abbott Government to restore the CCTV funding the former Labor Government allocated to Maitland City Council. 

Under the former Labor Government’s $40million National Crime Prevention Fund, Maitland City Council were allocated $186, 340 to install six cameras at Rutherford Shopping Centre and eleven split between the Maitland CBD and railway station.

“These projects went through a robust selection process, were fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget and had been recommended by the Attornery-General’s Department,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“The National Crime Prevention program was supposed to help keep communities safe from crime and keep at-risk young people on the straight and narrow, but it’s now clear that Mr Abbott and Mr Baldwin are more interested in maximising the Coalition’s political prospects,” he said.

“With the spate of break-ins and theft that has taken place in and around The Levee and CBD within the past two months, it’s now time for Mr Abbott to restore the funding based on need not on political partisanship,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“I won’t rest until Maitland and Singleton councils’ funding is restored.”

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