Narre Warren Village

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (12 114) 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.