Justice, Michael Keenan, formally approving a grant for CCTV cameras in High Street, Ashburton.
The $60,000 grant will be delivered under the Safer Communities Fund, which aims to make our streets and communities safer.
Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O’Dwyer, said she was very pleased the Ashburton Shopping Centre Traders’ Association will receive $60,000 for CCTV cameras in High Street, Ashburton.
“Worryingly, crime is up 43.3% in Ashburton*. While Policing is a State Government responsibility, the Federal Government is keen to help where it can in the fight against crime,” Ms O’Dwyer said.
“Over a number of years I’ve had many conversations with the Ashburton Traders’ Association and local residents regarding community safety along the High Street shopping strip and surroundings. These cameras will help maintain the Ashburton Village’s family-friendly vibe,” she said.
Mr Keenan said “the Coalition Government has a strong track record when it comes to protecting community safety. We recognise that the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it from happening”.
Further information on the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund is available at www.ag.gov.au/CrimeAndCorruption/CrimePrevention/Pages/default.aspx
*Source: Victorian Crime Statistics Agency, updated 18 January 2017.