PSO community safety | July 17, 2018

Bath welcomes PSO announcement for Stockland Traralgon

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has today welcomed Edward O’Donohue, Shadow Minister for Police, Corrections and Community Safety announcement that Public Safety Officers (PSO’s) will be established under a Liberal Nationals Government in the Traralgon CBD. 

PSO’s will be introduced under a Liberals Nationals State Government to combat the ongoing issue of anti-social behaviour around the entrance to Stockland Traralgon and the bus and taxi interchange.

Ms Bath said business owners, taxi drivers, residents and visiting shoppers are increasingly frightened and frustrated by the daily anti-social behaviour at the Franklin street entrance to Stockland Traralgon which encompasses the taxi and bus interchange. 

“The Liberal Nationals strongly believe the community should not have to put up with poor behaviour or be threatened and intimidated while doing their shopping, catching public transport or simply waiting for a taxi. 

“The Andrews Labor Government has continued to ignore the problem.  We have a situation where elderly and vulnerable people are often afraid, taxi drivers have been being threatened and business owners and their customers harassed so I applaud this policy announcement to improve public safety in the Traralgon,” said Ms Bath. 

Ms Bath has been working with Sheridan Bond, The Nationals candidate for Morwell, local businesses and the community sectors to improve safety in Traralgon. 

“Regular police patrols, CCTV and a security guard have all been implemented which has resulted in a small reduction in the behaviours, but no one resource can provide absolute protection.  The introduction of PSO’s will provide a positive layer of protection for the community and businesses alike. 

“Community safety is our priority and the issue of anti-social behaviour is a complex one to solve.  Along with improve safety measures the business community has rightly identified that young people need alternatives to encourage positive behaviours and activities in our community,” said Ms Bath.

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