Tackling 'crime hotspots' the focus of PM's Mandurah visit

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Mandurah on Tuesday morning to announce further funding to the nation-wide Safer Communities Program.

Up to 2600 CCTV cameras will be installed at 500 "crime hotspots" around the country in the $20 million election promise.

The federal Liberal leader joined Canning's incumbent MP Andrew Hastie for a coffee along the eastern foreshore before the official announcement at the Mandurah War Memorial.

His visit to the coastal city comes after Mr Morrison went head-to-head with opposition leader Bill Shorten in a televised leaders debate in Perth overnight.

The debate threw a spotlight on the west, welcome news for Mr Morrison's candidates scrambling to woo voters across the state.

While Mr Morrison had visited Mandurah in the treasurer portfolio, it was his first time in the city as Prime Minister.

Local Aboriginal leader George Walley officially welcomed Mr Morrison to the Bindjareb Territory before proceedings commenced.

"Today, we're here to make a very positive announcement - in addition to putting $8500 into the Mandurah RSL for their security cameras, we're extending further the Safer Communities Program up to $55 million," Mr Morrison said.

Eli Stubley, Noah Stubley, Zac Austin, Finn Austin, Bridget Austin and Lexi Austin were just one of many Mandurah locals who had a chat with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison along the eastern foreshore on Tuesday morning. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Eli Stubley, Noah Stubley, Zac Austin, Finn Austin, Bridget Austin and Lexi Austin were just one of many Mandurah locals who had a chat with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison along the eastern foreshore on Tuesday morning. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

"[We're] extending it by $20 million to put in an additional 2600 CCTV cameras around Australia. That will help make our community safer."

Mr Morrison said $110 million had been invested into the project in the past two rounds alone.

"When your communities are safer, your small businesses are stronger. I said when I became Prime Minister I wanted to keep Australia's economy strong," he said.

"We're walked across the Esplanade this morning, we've spoken to many small businesses. For their businesses to be successful their customers need to be able to come during the day or in the evening.

"This is making those communities safer."

He said the program helped in both deterring crime and investigating after a crime had been committed.

Mr Hastie said community safety and crime reduction was a big priority and the program had already been a boon for the people of Mandurah.

"Four years ago Micheal Keenan stood with me on this very spot and we announced money for CCTV," Mr Hastie said.

"We had vandalism here at the war memorial, we had crime over at the Mandurah foreshore and so the CCTV has really made a difference.

"It's helped the police make sure we get on the top of crime and that we arrest those responsible for criminal activity around the area.

"It has been very important for our community."

Stephanie Fitzmaurice and Anne Fortune were out for a coffee when they bumped into Mr Morrison. The duo said they were supporters of Canning's incumbent MP Andrew Hastie. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Stephanie Fitzmaurice and Anne Fortune were out for a coffee when they bumped into Mr Morrison. The duo said they were supporters of Canning's incumbent MP Andrew Hastie. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Mr Hastie welcomed the fresh commitment on top of a raft of investment the region had been the beneficiary of recently.

"We have a great story to tell in Canning, it's one of infrastructure investment," Mr Hastie said.

"We are making a difference in people's lives... $25 million into the Peel Health Campus, $16 million into the Mandurah car park [at the] train station, $37 million committed towards the Lakelands Train Station. We've also invested 264 new beds into aged care in Canning.

"We are committing a lot of funding and investment into infrastructure that will make life easier for them as they go to work [or] people who need health treatment.

"It's a really exciting story... and it's only happening because the economy is in a good state."

Mandurah RSL president Brian Dillon was also at the western foreshore to hear the announcement on Tuesday morning.

Mr Dillon said the investment would help the local sub-branch secure their new building.

"It means we can get our security cameras up and running in our new building. It's a nice building and we don't want it destroyed," Mr Dillon said.

"I really appreciate what Andrew [Hastie] has been doing for the sub-branch."

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