New CCTV cameras will be installed in Traralgon's CBD to help improve public safety, especially for those enjoying a night out.
The Coalition Government is providing $117,000 towards the purchase and installation of the cameras, in conjunction with Latrobe City Council.
Visiting Traralgon today, Crime Prevention Minister Andrew McIntosh said the grant was a good example of the benefits of the Coalition Government's Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF).
"The cameras will act as a strong deterrent to people who seek to vandalise public property, commit crimes, or engage in anti-social behaviour in our streets," Mr McIntosh said.
"The city's surveillance cameras can be monitored by local police and are useful for gathering evidence.
"This type of camera is regularly used for identification of suspects and to assist in prosecution of offenders through the courts," Mr McIntosh said.
The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund was set up as part of the Coalition's election commitment to help communities address local crime problems with local solutions.
It is open to Victorian councils to apply for PSIF grants in cases where financial assistance is needed to initiate crime prevention and public safety strategies. Traralgon's CCTV funding is one of 24 PSIF grants recently announced.
"The Coalition Government recognises that local communities are best placed to identify and prioritise issues of concern regarding local crime and safety, and is committed to supporting them to do so," Mr McIntosh said.
"These cameras will build upon some of the other crime prevention initiatives Latrobe City Council has developed in and around Traralgon."
Latrobe City Council has committed a further $9,000 in addition to the Government's $117,000 grant.