The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has used parliament to call on the Andrews Labor Government to support a plan to install CCTV cameras in the Morwell business and retail district.
A $230,000 commitment in 2017 from the federal government will cover two-thirds of the estimated project cost, with the Latrobe City Council needing to source the balance in order for the project to proceed.
“For years Morwell traders have been voicing their concerns around customer safety, staff safety and ongoing expenses incurred through wilful damage of property,” Ms Bath told parliament.
“Recently I met with many of the Morwell traders, who shared their shocking stories of unruly behaviour, distressing violations of public safety and destruction of property.”
“On New Year’s Day this year, Little Malaysia restaurant owner John Loh had the door of his shop jimmied open and large amounts of cash and alcohol stolen. This was the third attack in less than 12 months. John rightly indicates that crime of this nature is financially and emotionally unsustainable.”
“Morwell traders are in positive dialogue with the Latrobe City Council in relation to implementing CCTV and corresponding lighting. They have designated that there needs to be an expanded program both north and south of the railway line.”
“An independent report prepared for the Latrobe City Council has supported the installation.”
Speaking today, Ms Bath said the Minister for Police Lisa Neville should act to ensure the project proceeds as soon as possible.
“The Minister must ensure that the Andrews Government supports the Latrobe City Council and provides this additional funding to enable the planned CCTV cameras and lighting to be installed.”
“This will reinstate business confidence, deter criminal and other anti-social activity, and once again draw people into the heart of Morwell.”