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This article was published on 12 July 2012. The information contained within may be out of date or inaccurate. News articles and media releases older than 60 days are archived for future reference.
Community invited to comment on CCTV placement
Greater Shepparton City Council is holding a community information session on the placement of a CCTV camera network.
The network is part of a comprehensive Safer City Project being undertaken by Council in response to community feedback, to address safety in the CBD.
Work has begun on the planning for the network, for which Council received funding of $250,000 from the Department of Justice's Public Safety Infrastructure fund in April this year.
An information session will be held on Wednesday 25 July from 6-7.30pm at the Senior Citizen's Centre, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Community members will be able to learn more about the Safer City Project and the placement of the camera network.
"Council is working closely with Victoria Police on the most effective way of deploying the network," said Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Michael Polan. "It's important that the community, particularly those affected by the network, understand this process."
"We are confident that our partnership with Victoria Police means that the network will be deployed as effectively as possible, so that people feel they are getting the best possible safety value from it."
Personal security has been identified repeatedly as a factor in people's use of the CBD, Cr Polan said. Workers want to feel safe when arriving at work and when leaving, he said, and shoppers want to feel comfortable as they park, walk, and use public transport.
"We've listened to these concerns, and Council is confident that the Safer City Project will be a key element in our strategy for revitalising Shepparton's CBD. After hearing from Greater Geelong City Council and Geelong Victoria Police members, we are reassured that the CCTV network will help reduce crime in the area."
The area proposed for inclusion so far in the network plan includes High Street from Wyndham Street to Railway Parade, Wyndham Street from High Street to Nixon Street, and the area bounded by High Street, Wyndham Street and the Maude Street Mall.
Cr Polan says that Council hopes to have the system in place by September 2013. The project includes installation of the network, cabling and other infrastructure work, and the establishment of facilities at Shepparton Police Station.
- Released 12 July 2012