KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE

The Andrews Labor Government is putting the safety of local residents first through Victoria’s first ever Community Safety Statement.

The plan to keep local residents safe is backed by an additional $2 billion investment and includes:

  • The recruitment of an additional 2,729 police and 100 Protective Services Officers over the next four years
  • Establishing a dedicated 24-hour Police Assistance Line for non-emergency calls so that Victorians can contact police when and where they need to.
  • Rolling out state-of-the-art Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to 220 transit police vehicles, up from six, to crack down on dangerous and unauthorised drivers.
  • $10 million in Youth Crime Prevention grants to for the community to address the cycle of youth offending and recidivism.

Casey will receive funding of up to $700,000 of direct Youth Crime Prevention investment over two years for community-led partnerships to develop and implement evidence-based and effective youth crime prevention strategies.

This is on top of a $250,000 grant from the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund to improve safety in the Narre Warren Village.

The grant will help address safety and security concerns by providing defined pathways, improved open spaces, new seating, toilet facilities and improved lighting.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley advocated on behalf of the local community and raised the need for the grant in Parliament.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“Each and every local resident deserves to feel safe, whether at home, at work or just walking around their community,”

“That’s why we’re getting on with delivering these vital projects to ensure that local residents feel safe and secure no matter where they are, or what they are doing,”

“We are working hard to break the cycle of youth offending and will continue to support our outstanding local police as they continue to do all they can to keep us all safe.”

 

Adjournment

Narre Warren Village

MS GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police, who is here this evening, and concerns the Narre Warren Village. The action I seek is that the minister considers providing further support to the City of Casey to improve safety in this vibrant and diverse shopping village, which is just around the corner from my office and home to a wide range of local businesses, community facilities and Narre Warren train station. Unfortunately the area is in need of significant improvements to improve safety, amenity and access for local residents.

The City of Casey has finally woken up to the fact that there is poor design, poor lighting and the placement of a public toilet block that allows and enables criminal and antisocial activities, particularly vandalism and graffiti, to occur. Many local businesses are now concerned that local residents are deterred from visiting the area due to their concerns about their safety. In fact I have been contacted by countless residents over the past 10 years — and I have written countless letters about this to the council — who want to see the village upgraded and improved.

I am really glad to see that the council has recently adopted the Fountain Gate-Narre Warren CBD structure plan, which includes plans to invest in and improve the village. It is long overdue and much needed, but better late than never. So I ask the minister to work with the City of Casey to ensure local residents have access to a safer and more enjoyable Narre Warren Village. No-one should miss out on the great baklava from Webb Street.