Gippsland South The Nationals Police Crime Neighbourhood Watch Coalition

Coalition commits to funding for Neighbourhood Watch

An elected Liberal-Nationals Government will lead the re-vitalisation of the Neighbourhood Watch program according to The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien said an elected Liberal-Nationals Government will partner with Neighbourhood Watch and provide $2million over four years to fund locally based crime prevention initiatives and head office co-ordination.

“The Liberal-Nationals place significant value on this important community safety initiative.

“We are right behind Neighbourhood Watch and we will back their efforts all the way.”

Mr O’Brien said the soft-on-crime approach of the city-centric Labor Government has been a disaster for regional communities.

“Daniel Andrews cuts to police resources and his willingness to allow Neighbourhood Watch to waste away has left communities which were once peaceful and proud now living in fear.

“As I talk to people in my electorate, they are increasingly concerned about the level of crime and violence in our state.”

Mr O’Brien said the level of crime currently occurring in regional areas is totally unacceptable and Neighbourhood Watch groups supported by a strong police presence would be an important step in curbing the crime.

Since the election of the Labor Government, crime in Wellington Shire has risen by 17.8 per cent and in South Gippsland by 14.7 per cent.

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