The Andrews Government is investing in upgrades to improve safety, cut down on crime and encourage more people to visit the May Road shopping centre.

Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced $200,000 in funding for the Whittlesea City Council’s Lalor CCTV Pilot.

This project will install CCTV in the May Road shopping precinct to deter criminal activity and ensure people feel safer going about their business. The Lalor CCTV Pilot project has received funding through the latest round of Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants, with 20 councils across Victoria to share in more than $3.4 million funding for 20 projects.

As a condition of funding, Whittlesea City Council will consult with Victoria Police regarding the final selection and placement of cameras to ensure they are of sufficient quality to support evidence gathering.

The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants program supports projects that improve community safety and confidence in public places.

It is part of the Victorian Government’s $19.4 million investment in its Community Crime Prevention Program, aimed at tackling crime and its root causes.

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny:

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be partnering with Whittlesea City Council to help increase public safety in Lalor.”

“This project will help shoppers in the May Road precinct stay safe. This means women, families, and the wider community can use this space more comfortably.”

“I am often asked by residents why there are not more CCTV cameras in public places such as May Road, Rockdale Square playground and Lalor Bowling Club. I encourage the Council to take further steps to improve safety in these areas.”

“We are delivering a record $2 billion to recruit more police and deliver stronger laws, but these grants recognise the importance of the community’s input in enhancing safety at a local level.”