Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Bendigo Bank’s decision to provide funding of more than $4,000 towards CCTV in Drysdale is commendable while the lack of any funds from the Andrews Government reflects yet another failure to support regional Victorian communities.
I understand the Bendigo Bank grant amounts to 10% of the funding needed to pay for the installation of CCTV in the town. This is a great win for Drysdale’s Neighbourhood Watch Group and the local community.
However, while the funds are very welcome, the Andrews Government needs to reflect on its decision not to contribute to this significant safety measure for Drysdale residents.
I have called on Minister for Police Wade Noonan to explain why he will not fund CCTV for Drysdale as well as the wider Bellarine and Geelong regions.
Seven applications were made by the City of Greater Geelong to fund CCTV installations: at High Street, Drysdale; The Terrace, Ocean Grove; and Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads on the Bellarine as well as Rose Avenue, Norlane; Labuan Square, Norlane; High Street, Belmont; and central Geelong. These all were rejected by the Andrews Government.
I am flabbergasted that not one of the seven applications by the City of Greater Geelong for CCTV funding was approved by the Minister.
I have called on the Minister to provide an explanation why these funding applications were rejected as CCTV is a significant aid to policing and in identifying criminal behaviour.
We know that police resources are stretched across Victoria and specifically in the Bellarine and Geelong regions, so it beggars belief the Minister did not see fit to approve any of these applications.
Simon Ramsay MP