Police Community facilities | December 15, 2016
Neighbourhood Watch will receive Coalition support
The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP says Neighbourhood Watch networks will be better resourced to continue providing their vital local services under a future Coalition Government.
“Labor has made a reckless decision to scrap funding for Neighbourhood Watch,” Ms Kealy said.
“A Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government would provide $2 million over four years to fund locally-based crime prevention initiatives and central head-office coordination.
“This comes after the current State Government failed to renew the $600,000 in funding over four years the previous Coalition Government provided.
“Aside from the funding cut, the chief executive officer resigned, leaving the organisation with limited resources to run and co-ordinate programs and community safety initiatives.
“The Liberal-Nationals Coalition understands the importance of Neighbourhood Watch in supporting our local police, especially as we see crime skyrocket and police stations understaffed or closed under Labor.
“Our hardworking Neighbourhood Watch volunteers have served our local communities for decades and have helped to keep our communities safe. They deserve our support and that is why a Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government will commit this funding.
“Thank you to all our Neighbourhood Watch volunteers for the great work they do in keeping our communities safe,” she said.
The Andrew’s Labor Government has also scrapped its Crime Prevention portfolio.