Our local communities deserve to feel safe.
Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Edward O’Donohue and Member for Ripon, Louise Staley today announced that an elected Liberal Government would provide $250,000 towards extending the current CCTV security network in Maryborough.
The CCTV camera network will be extended along High Street to enhance the safety of shoppers and traders.
“When it comes to the crime crisis we see locally, Daniel Andrews and Labor have been missing in action and haven’t delivered enough local police or safety measures like CCTV cameras for the Maryborough community.
Having an extensive CCTV network along High Street Maryborough will act as a deterrent for would-be criminals and assist police in catching criminals when they do offend.”
Ms Staley said since Labor came to power, crime in Maryborough has increased by 24% and nearly 20% across the electorate of Ripon.
“The last four years in Maryborough have been shocking; there have been some horrendously violent assaults and aggravated burglaries.
Residents and business owners of Maryborough don’t feel safe.
Small businesses just like these here in High Street Maryborough, have felt firsthand the effects of Labor’s ‘soft on crime’ policies with some of them having been broken into and ransacked multiple times. We need to protect these businesses and their customers.” Ms Staley said.
CCTV programs have been widely successful in improving residents’ feelings of safety and security as well as assisting Victoria Police in responding to crime.
Today’s announcement was welcomed by Central Goldfields Shire Council, Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said, “It’s a perfect response to the concerns raised by the community at the recent Community Safety Forum. Council absolutely welcomes this announcement that demonstrates a strong willingness to act on the specific safety concerns of the Maryborough Community.”
Despite Victoria’s population increasing by over half a million people, frontline police numbers have fallen under Daniel Andrews with Police Association figures showing there are now 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013.
Under Daniel Andrews, crime is out of control.
“I want residents and business owners of Maryborough to feel safe again.
Daniel Andrews has let crime get out of control in Victoria and only a Matthew Guy led government will deliver tough on crime and community safety policies to keep residents in Maryborough safe.
There is a clear choice at the next election between more of the same from Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy who is delivering for communities.” Ms Staley said.