Keeping A Close Watch On St Kilda This New Years

The Andrews Labor Government is helping keep the community safe with 10 new CCTV cameras now in operation – keeping watch over St Kilda’s iconic foreshore.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Minister for Crime Prevention Ben Carroll and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley to inspect the new cameras and traffic measures to combat hoon driving, including raised curbs, speed humps, boom gates and bollards.

The project, backed by $242,000 from the Labor Government, includes cameras at five sites along the foreshore, with footage streamed directly into the St Kilda Police Station.

The Labor Government will invest a further $275,000 to expand the cameras along the Acland Street entertainment and shopping strip. Port Phillip Council will work with Victoria Police to determine the best location for the additional CCTV cameras for Acland Street, with installation expected to take place during 2019.

This brings the Labor Government’s total investment in community crime prevention in St Kilda, including CCTV cameras on Fitzroy Street and Little Grey Street to more than $1.1 million.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested an additional $25 million in the Community Crime Prevention Program to support key public safety initiatives across Victoria, including 13 projects in the Port Phillip local government area.

The Labor Government is delivering the biggest boost to police resources in history, with 3135 new police, a new air wing, a massive police station construction and upgrade program, new specialist vehicles and technology.

This means Victorians can look forward to 825 new police hitting the beat over the next 12 months as the Police Academy continues to deliver record numbers of recruits. This is on top of the more than 1,100 police, 400 police custody officers and nearly 250 additional PSOs deployed across Victorian communities over the past four years.

Victoria Police will be out in force across St Kilda over summer, with a highly visible presence patrolling the area to ensure everyone stays safe. Police will also be enforcing the 24-hour alcohol ban.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville

“Our investment is already making a difference, with the foreshore’s new CCTV cameras switched on in time for the summer holidays and a range of new measures to keep the community safe.”

“This additional CCTV and our record investment in Victoria Police will make sure Victoria’s shopping and entertainment precincts, beaches and parks remain safe for the whole community to enjoy.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Ben Carroll

“Crime prevention is not only about reducing anti-social behaviour, it’s also about helping residents and traders build a better community.”

“St Kilda’s foreshore and the Acland Street precinct are iconic Melbourne locations – this CCTV will help deter criminal activity and help police prosecute offenders.”

Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

“Everyone deserves to feel safe when they visit our iconic foreshore – the newest addition to the St Kilda CCTV Safety Grid will allow Victoria Police to keep an eye on visitors and quickly stop any anti-social behaviour.”