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The Nationals to make our streets safer

The Nationals will work to boost safety and reduce crime in local communities if elected to government with a $24 million community safety package.

Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh today joined The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien in Sale to talk to local businesses about crime and promote the prevention measures.

If elected, The Nationals will provide grants of up to $250,000 to local councils to develop public safety and security infrastructure like CCTV systems, improved lighting and create local solutions to local crime.

“Unfortunately in Gippsland, like most communities, there is a level of anti-social behaviour that we need to address,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Increased CCTV presence and better lighting can act as a deterrent and help police catch offenders.  Unfortunately we’ve seen some high-profile examples of graffiti and vandalism in the Sale CBD in the past year or two so it was good to take the alternative Deputy Premier to local businesses and let them explain their concerns.”

“Under our plans, councils will be able to identify areas within the community such as park edges and shopping areas that attract a higher rate of crime and implement measures to stop anti-social behaviour.

“Gippsland South is predominantly a low-crime area but anti-social behaviour cannot be tolerated.  Local businesses are sick of cleaning up graffiti and vandalism and we will do what we can to help eliminate it,” Mr O’Brien said.

This announcement follows other community focused crime prevention measures announced by the Liberal Nationals including:

  • Re-establishing a ‘Police in Schools’ program, to allow police to better engage with young Victorians.
  • Funding the establishment of a Victoria Police Mobile CCTV camera rollout and;
  • Committing $2 million over four years to Neighbourhood Watch for local crime prevention initiatives.


Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh (right) and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien discuss community safety with Sale Aussie Disposals owner, Phil Gordyn.

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