The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced $230,000 to install new closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the commercial heart of Morwell.
Mr Chester made the funding announcement in Morwell this morning.
“I have been working with Morwell traders, who have made it clear that new security cameras are a priority to improve safety in the town,” Mr Chester said.
“Likewise, an independent report prepared for Latrobe City Council has supported the installation of additional CCTV cameras in the central business district.
“The Federal Government has today committed funding for the installation of these cameras, so traders and the local community don’t need to wait any longer before the cameras are installed and operational.
“It is imperative that Morwell business owners, and all shoppers, feel safe as they go about their daily business. Improving perceptions of safety is an important element of that.
“The installation of CCTV cameras will help build business confidence and draw more people into the heart of Morwell.”
Mr Chester said the funding for the new CCTV cameras would come from the Latrobe Valley Local Jobs and Investment Package, which was part of the $43m Hazelwood Investment Package.
“Today’s announcement is in addition to $5 million for the Morwell Recreation Reserve and $1.6 million for the Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway,” Mr Chester said.
“These projects will create jobs during the construction phase and provide long-term benefits to the community, making the Latrobe Valley an even better place to live and visit.”
Latrobe City Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan said a feasibility study commissioned by Latrobe City Council in July found the installation of additional cameras in priority areas would help improve perceived and actual safety.
“Today’s announcement means that Council can start to implement the initial recommendations of the consultant’s report while seeking additional funding from the State Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund,” Cr O’Callaghan said.
Cr O’Callaghan said the ability to start immediately would be of relief to the CBD business community and residents.
“The community had expressed a degree of anxiety around waiting for funding. Today’s announcement means that we can commence work and then seek funding to deliver a stronger community outcome,” Cr O’Callaghan said.
“While the report has suggested the installation of cameras at seven sites, we now have the opportunity to potentially expand the scope to enhance the coverage that can be provided.”
At a meeting on September 11, Latrobe City councillors unanimously voted to seek government funding for new CCTV cameras in Morwell.
This funding will be provided to Latrobe City Council, which will be responsible for installing the cameras.