Mackay City Centre businesses secure grants to boost CCTV numbers

Published: 13 Apr 2022

Six Mackay City Centre businesses will share in about $15,000 of funding to improve safety measures around their shopfronts and nearby laneways thanks to council grants.

The grants will be delivered through the Safe Night Precinct Safety Initiative which provides commercial businesses and incorporated bodies funding to improve the late-night economy, community safety and connectivity around licensed venues and surrounding areas.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Haunt Cabaret was one of the successful applicants and will be able to install their first CCTV system.

“In their application they (Haunt Cabaret) noted that previously the building had been subject to vandalism including broken windows and signage damage,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We want people to feel safe when enjoying a night out with friends and family and we know that safety measures such as increased lighting and CCTV deters bad behaviour and creates a safer night-time environment for patrons,” he said.

The six businesses which applied and were successful include:

  • Connole Carlisle Chartered Accounts - $3000
  • The Dispensary - $2994.48
  • Haunt Cabaret - $2515.83
  • McGuires CBD Hotel Mackay - $2364.50
  • Byrnes Pie Factory - $2984.28
  • Rabbit Hole - $1193.91

Mayor Williamson said McGuires planned to use a portion of their funding to increase surveillance within identified blind sports, particularly within Seventh Lane.

“It’s a great outcome for staff and for patrons and it’s fantastic that council was able to support interested businesses in helping make the City Centre’s Safe Night Precinct even safer.”

Council supports the growth of local business and are committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders to support business and industry development and to build our regional capabilities.

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