Public safety in Colac's CBD will be enhanced with the Victorian Coalition Government today fulfilling its election promise to provide funding for the installation of CCTV cameras.
Funding of $300,000 will pay for multiple cameras to combat violence and vandalism in the area.
Minister for Crime Prevention Andrew McIntosh announced the funding along with the local member, the Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder.
"CCTV can act as a vital tool in carrying out investigations and prosecutions," Mr McIntosh said.
"In that way, the cameras act as a deterrent to those who think it's acceptable to behave in a violent or anti-social way on our streets."
Like many towns of its size, Colac has experienced problems with alcohol-fuelled violence in its main activities area.
As a result, cameras will be installed on Murray Street's intersections and around Memorial Square. The project has long-term backing from local police, Colac Otway Shire and the Colac Liquor Licensing Accord.
Footage from the cameras will be monitored and stored at Colac police station.
The CCTV project is part of the Coalition Government's strong commitment to crime prevention measures.
In this term of government, $39 million has been allocated to fund lighting, improved urban design, CCTV infrastructure, graffiti removal projects and programs to prevent violence against women and children.
Recently, Mr McIntosh announced grants worth a total of $2.4 million to fund crime prevention infrastructure projects across Victoria.
"The Coalition Government continues to support the efforts of local communities with these grants," Mr McIntosh said.
"The key is to listen to communities, as they are best placed to identify crime problems in their midst and decide on the solution which best suits them."