The Hills mayor Andrew Jefferies, Oatlands pharmacist Michael Behan and Parramatta MP Geoff Lee.
AFTER Behan Michael Pharmacies was robbed twice in 10 months at knifepoint, owner Eileen Behan started a petition seeking safety improvements.
Nearly 800 signatures and a community forum later, The Hills Council agreed to look at installing security cameras and improving lighting in the shopping strip along Belmore Street East.
Now they have the funding for it, Mayor Andrew Jefferies said.
“Earlier this year, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee hosted a forum attended by 80 local retailers, residents, the NSW Police, Cr Michelle Byrne and I to look at ways to reduce crime along the Oatlands shopping strip,” Cr Jefferies said.
“The installation of CCTV cameras was raised as one of the measures that could help to deter crime and we are happy to support this initiative for our local residents and businesses.”
He said Belmore Street East received $250,000 of streetscape upgrades last year.
“Better street pavement, street furniture and drainage were part of the improvements, showing council’s support and commitment for the small businesses and residents in Oatlands,” Cr Jefferies said.
The Hills police command is working with council on a review of lighting.
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