DELIVERING SAFER STREETS IN MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST CRIME HOT SPOTS

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MR GEORGE HUA
LIBERAL PARTY CANDIDATE FOR HOTHAM

THE HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE & MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR COUNTER TERRORISM

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan Keenanwas in Melbourne’s South East this morning and announced the Coalition had delivered $1.3 million of community safety projects as part of Round Two of the Safer Street Programme for Victorian suburbs.

In a region where Melbourne’s violent gang culture is at an all-time high, Minister Keenan today announced the Coalition’s $870,000 investment to fund closed-circuit television (CCTV) in the City of Greater Dandenong and Frankston City Council, and security upgrades in the City of Casey.

The Coalition’s Safer Streets Programme supports communities at the grass roots to help address crime and anti-social behaviour, and boost crime prevention initiatives to keep our streets safe.

Safer StreetMr Keenan joined Liberal Candidate for Hotham George Hua in Springvale to announce Greater Dandenong City Council will receive $496,345 for the installation of 29 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the Springvale Shopping precinct.

He also did a site tour of Hampton Park Community Square with Liberal Candidate for Holt James Mathias where he announced Casey City Council had received $208,100 to improve security infrastructure at Hampton Park Community Square, including new lighting, safer paths, better fencing and the installation of new safety bollards.

Earlier today Mr Keenan joined Liberal Candidate for Dunkley Chris Crewther to announce Frankston City Council had received $166,150 for the installation of four CCTV cameras at the Frankston Foreshore and another at Belvedere Shopping Precinct.

Yesterday Mr Keenan was also in Melbourne’s north with candidate for Jagajaga David Mulholland announcing more than $440,000 for a community safety project in the Bell Street Mall, Heidelberg West.Safer Street Details

Mr Keenan said the funding is drawn from the Proceeds of Crime Account – that is money taken from criminals and reinvested into prevention of further crime.

“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening,” Mr Keenan said.

“The Coalition will continue to reinvest money confiscated from criminals and put them towards projects that make our streets and communities safer.”

In the first funding round, the Safer Streets Programme provided $19.5 million for specific projects for the installation of CCTV and lighting. This is the second round of funding which will be delivered in two streams.

The first stream will fund community safety infrastructure such as CCTV and lighting. CCTV is an effective crime prevention measure that provides significant deterrence to anti-social behaviour and is a valuable investigative tool. The second stream will deliver crime prevention initiatives by supporting the vital work of PCYC and Blue Light organisations.

Further information on the Safer Streets Programme is available at www.ag.gov.au

ENDS

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