NSW Liberals pledge $2 million for Jewish community if re-elected

March 20, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Addressing the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ Coogee Candidates Forum last night, Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith MP announced that a re-elected Liberal State Government would grant $2 million to the Jewish community for security funding.

Matt Meyerson, Vic Alhadeff, Peter Wise, Gabrielle Upton, Bruce Notley-Smith and Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger

He told the audience:  “We have listened to the community and this is the right thing to do.”

The Liberal government has matched a $2m pledge by NSW Labor, announced about three weeks ago.

The Labor candidate for Coogee Dr Marjorie McNeill attended the March plenum to join her sitting Liberal opponent Notley-Smith in a pre-election forum ahead of Saturday’s State election.

The funding will enable the community to conduct much-needed upgrades to security infrastructure, including improved security for more than 30 Jewish places of worship, aged-care facilities and schools.

Melissa McCurdie, Clr Dr Marjorie O’Neill, Bruce Notley-Smith MP, David Ossip

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger commented: “We thank the Liberal Government for agreeing to provide these sorely needed funds to pay for our community’s vital security infrastructure. We warmly welcome the government’s funding commitment to ensure that the Jewish community’s security infrastructure needs are substantially met.”

NSW Council for Jewish Community Security chair Peter Wise said he was “pleased that the state government has responded to the community’s request for security funding”. He noted that the funds would be primarily applied to strengthening the network of dedicated CCTV cameras and the community’s control room and crisis centre, as well as other related items of infrastructure. “Together, these items will boost our capability and preparedness and enable members of our community to go about their daily lives knowing that the state government has contributed towards maintaining a safer community environment.”

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