Nepean MP Martin Dixon and Shadow Minister for Community Safety Edward O’Donohue today called on Daniel Andrews to commit to funding CCTV cameras for the Rye shopping precinct.
Following representations from the local community and traders, the former Napthine Coalition Government committed $250,000 for CCTV cameras in and around the Rye shopping precinct.
The State Government has so far refused to work with local police, traders, community groups and the Mornington Peninsula Shire to ensure these CCTV cameras are funded and installed.
These CCTV systems are proven to deter criminal activity and are also an important resource for Victoria Police in solving crimes.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has already partnered with the former State Government to successfully deliver CCTV for Hastings.
When called upon in Parliament to match the former Government’s commitment, Labor Minister for Police Wade Noonan refused to commit to funding the security upgrades, instead blaming the Council.
Comments attributable to Member for Nepean, Martin Dixon:
“The local community has expressed concern about safety at the Rye Shopping Precinct and local traders in particular have been victims of vandalism.”
“I urge Daniel Andrews to stop blaming the Mornington Peninsula Shire and simply re-commit to the funding promised by the previous Coalition Government for this crucial public safety initiative.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Edward O’Donohue:
“The Coalition understands that solutions to safety issues need to be tailored to individual communities.”
“To empower local communities Labor must continue to fund the former Coalition Government’s Crime Prevention agenda.
“Daniel Andrews has demonstrated his lack of understanding of the need for community engagement in these issues by sacking crime prevention as a portfolio.”