PERSONAL safety in West Wyalong’s Main Street is to be improved thanks to a $39,450 Safer Communities Fund grant secured for Bland Shire Council by The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack.

Mr McCormack said the grant would allow Council to install mounted closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on Main Street.

“Council’s grant application had the strong support of Business West Wyalong,” Mr McCormack said.

“The CCTV system will increase the safety of people walking the streets.

“People who commit property crimes or behave badly toward others are on notice because police will be monitoring these cameras and will be able to identify and catch offenders.

“West Wyalong is a safe and friendly community, but through this Liberal and Nationals’ Government program we are working with local communities such as West Wyalong to make the streets even safer.”

The chairperson of Business West Wyalong, Jill Funnell, welcomed the grant.

“Our members unanimously support this project,” Mrs Funnell said.

“I think the cameras will help deter vandalism and other crimes.”

Mr McCormack said Round 2 of the Safer Communities Fund also included $226,306 for Parkes Shire Council to upgrade its existing central business district security network.

Ken Grimson