Pathway lighting paves the way for safer, more accessible parks

Media release - 19 December 2018

The safety, accessibility and visual appeal of three local parks has been enhanced with the installation of LED pathway lighting as part of Kempsey Shire Council’s crime prevention strategy.

The pathways in Riverside Park, South Kempsey Park and Brighton Park in South West Rocks have all been recently illuminated with new energy efficient lighting.

Council’s Coordinator Economic Development and Tourism, Marilyn Breen, said the project was the first phase of a broader crime prevention strategy to use environmental design to provide safer public spaces and deter anti-social behaviour.

“It is also hoped that the new pathway lighting will encourage more evening walking and twilight events so residents and visitors can take advantage of the beautiful park settings,” Ms Breen said.

The project has been funded through a $300,000 Safer Communities Fund grant that Council received from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Council has used $150,000 of the funding for the lighting upgrades in the parks. The remaining $150,000 will go toward the installation of more CCTV cameras in the central business districts of South Kempsey and West Kempsey in early 2019.

This follows the rollout of Council’s Macleay Valley CCTV Project in 2017 where 43 cameras were installed across the Shire at Smith and Belgrave streets, Riverside Park, South West Rocks and Crescent Head, as well as three mobile camera units.

Riverside Park at nightRiverside Park is now safer and more inviting for twilight activities after LED pathway lighting was installed by Kempsey Shire Council