Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, today launched the new Bairnsdale CCTV cameras with members of the Bairnsdale community including East Gippsland Shire Council, Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce, Bairnsdale Police Force, ATR Communications (installers) and Business and Tourism – East Gippsland.
Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance will now benefit from CCTV systems in their central business districts after they were launched today by State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull and Deputy Mayor, Peter Neal.
Mr Bull said the State Government contributed $110,000 to the project and the Shire Council $47,000.
"The upgrade and expansion of the camera network in both towns will increase the safety of the commercial and entertainment precincts in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance through acting as a deterrent to any person who wishes to engage in anti-social behaviour.
“The new cameras across Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance will make a real difference by assisting police in preventing, detecting and investigating crimes in identified hot spots.
“These projects have been very well supported by the local residents and the local Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce and Lakes Entrance Development and Action Group, who have advocated strongly for the introduction of CCTV cameras.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in community safety, delivering funding and support for CCTV technology across regional Victoria,” Mr Bull said.
“It will help create a safer environment for the Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance communities, especially those who are looking for a night out.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to supporting communities to come up with local crime prevention initiatives that address local problems.
“Councils, working in partnership with community groups and individuals, are best placed to identify issues and come up with solutions. This latest CCTV initiative in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance, which was the result of extensive community consultation, is a great example of that.
"It is another great project we have been able to deliver to the regions through working with the East Gippsland Shire Council," Mr Bull said.
For further information on go to www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au