East Gippsland Shire Council Collaborates for Safer Streets

In light of recent reports of anti-social behaviour, East Gippsland Shire Council has joined forces with Victoria Police to bolster law enforcement and ensure safer streets. This collaboration gives officers more powers to tackle offenders violating local alcohol dry zone regulations, while Council undertakes complementary measures to enhance public safety.

"We are committed to making our streets and public spaces safe for everyone," Mayor Cr Tom Crook said.

Cr Crook emphasised the importance of immediate police intervention in emergencies, urging residents to call Triple Zero to report crimes in progress.

"Everyone in our community deserves to feel safe and to receive the support they need. While policing is essential in tackling anti-social behaviour, as a community we must also address the root causes, such as the rising cost of living, lack of mental health services and domestic violence. We will continue to ask for improved services to support the most vulnerable and ensure everyone is safe."

Council actively support for community initiatives such as CrimeStoppers, Neighbourhood Watch, and various youth programs. These partnerships aim to foster a sense of collective responsibility and vigilance within the community.

In its ongoing efforts to improve safety, Council has undertaken several projects to ensure well-lit streets and public areas, and has CCTV in place in many public places. Recent installations include solar-powered lights in two Orbost laneways and motion-triggered lighting at Davison Oval in Bairnsdale. Additionally, the Council is transitioning to energy-efficient LED lighting across the shire to make public spaces brighter and safer.

Efforts also extend to maintaining clean and well-lit public toilets, placing street furniture such as benches in visible areas, and trimming overgrown bushes to eliminate dark spots that could encourage loitering and inappropriate behaviour.

Cr Crook highlighted the importance of community involvement through the Snap, Send, Solve app, which allows residents to report issues such as offensive graffiti, damaged public facilities, and faulty streetlights.

"We care about the wellbeing of our community and are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment where residents and visitors can thrive," Cr Crook said.

"We're an integral part of this community and are committed to the well-being of all of our residents."

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