Drunken street crime will be forced out of the shadows under a plan to light up Byron Bay’s entertainment precinct, Member for Ballina Don Page announced today.
The NSW Department of Police and Justice has awarded Byron Bay Shire Council $50,000 to illuminate areas with inadequate street lighting, in a move aimed at reducing alcohol-related violence and improving the community’s sense of safety.
“People are more likely to use a well-lit street at night because they feel safer being able to see what’s around them,” Mr Page said.
“Increasing lighting can also deter anti-social behaviour and crime as offenders are more likely to be detected in illuminated areas where there is significant foot traffic.”
Council’s project will focus on improving lighting on Fletcher Street and its adjoining laneways, which safety audits have identified as being poorly lit.
“The government wants the community to feel a sense of pride and ownership of Byron Bay’s main streets and better lighting will help to achieve this – along with serving as a deterrent for anti-social behaviour,” Mr Page said.
The additional lighting is being funded by the Safer Community Compact program, which will provide up to $1.369 million in 2013-14 to help local councils implement crime prevention projects.