New England MP Barnaby Joyce announces funding for increased security in the Upper Hunter

SAFER COMMUNITIES: Barnaby Joyce speaking about increased drought support funding in Tamworth on Wednesday. Photo: Gareth Gardner
SAFER COMMUNITIES: Barnaby Joyce speaking about increased drought support funding in Tamworth on Wednesday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

MEMBER for New England Barnaby Joyce has announced nearly $1 million in funding to improve security for the New England region and into the Upper Hunter including Merriwa.

The funding has been committed under Round 2 of the Coalition’s Government’s $40 million Safer Communities Fund and will see the installation of security cameras within Merriwa’s CBD.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home town, that’s why we’ve secured $16,200 to install CCTV cameras and additional lighting in the Merriwa central business district to improve the safety of pedestrians and business operators,” Mr Joyce said.

Upper Hunter Shire Council is undertaking the pilot project, which if successful, could be rolled out to neighbouring towns.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the Safer Communities funding for the CCTV pilot project could make a big difference to Merriwa and other regional towns.

“This is something Merriwa Progress Association and the community of Merriwa have been requesting for a long time and is strongly supported by the Local Area Command and the Youth Services,” he said.​

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