There will soon be extra eyes watching over Halifax and Davenport, with State Government-funded efforts to improve security taking a step forward.
Local business BTS has won a contract to install closed-circuit television as part of a wider enhancement project designed to improve security, safety, access and infrastructure for local businesses.
Made possible with $3 million in State Government funding, the initiative will involve the installation of CCTV, improving the road network by installing a slip lane, and expanding sewerage.
The first component of the project is managed by the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will involve the installation of CCTV at 22 strategic locations. Additional lighting will also be installed.
BGCCI chief executive officer Mark Seaward said being able to award the contract to a Davenport business was a good outcome.
“Businesses will have peace of mind knowing that their businesses will be watched over 24 hours a day,” Mr Seaward said.
“Images from the CCTV cameras will be sent using NBN infrastructure to the data centre at the Bunbury library and to the police station by fibre cable.”
Bunbury MLA Don Punch praised the hard work of local business owners who called for better security measures in the area in order to create better opportunities for businesses to succeed in Bunbury.
“The CCTV project is part of a $3 million commitment the State Government has made to improving the Halifax Business Park. I am really pleased to see work now getting underway, and being performed by a local company,” Mr Punch.
“I want Bunbury businesses to prosper, to contribute to our economy and to create jobs for our community, and investments like this are a really important if we are to grow and develop our business community.”
South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Ashley Clements said the State Government agency was pleased to have been working in partnership with the Halifax Working Group to address concerns raised by local business owners.
“Bunbury is a great place to conduct business and these upgrades will create the environment for business growth,” Mr Clements said.
“The State Government is committed to including local content in projects it funds, and we are pleased to see that local businesses are benefiting not only through the upgrades themselves, but also during the project delivery phase.”