$50,000 to light Byron Bay crime hot spots
North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has announced that the NSW Government has awarded Byron Shire Council $50,000 to light up crime hotspots in the town’s CBD and make them safer.
Mr Franklin said the lighting will be a huge improvement to the safety of the town’s nightlife.
“Byron Bay is one of the state’s most popular holiday destinations but some of the lighting in its CBD was installed three decades ago when the town’s nightlife was significantly quieter,” Mr Franklin said.
“This government funding will help improve safety on Fletcher Street and adjacent areas including laneways identified as trouble spots by police.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said increasing lighting will discourage anti-social behaviour and make locals and holiday makers feel safer when they are enjoying a night out.
“Anyone who causes trouble in the CBD will be more visible which will help ensure they are held to account,” Mr Grant said.
“The Safer Community Compact grant program recognises local people understand the crime problems their towns face and play an important role in addressing them.”
In recent years, the NSW Government has supported a range of projects to reduce alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay, including a late night bus to get revellers home safely and a campaign to encourage safe partying.
The rate of assaults (non-domestic violence) in Byron Bay has been stable over the past five years.
The NSW Government provides up to $1.369 million to local councils each year to implement grassroots crime prevention programs as part of its Safer Community Compact program.
The funding program encourages Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, where landscape and public amenities are made more attractive and resistant to crime.