State-of-the-art smart lighting has been installed at several Leopold bus stops and sections of the Bellarine Rail Trail to boost community safety, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Greater Geelong City Council received $250,000 through the 2019-20 Public Safety Infrastructure grants program to install lights, CCTV cameras, and people-counting technology along the rail trail between Melaluka and Christies Road to create more visibility at night and ensure people feel safe while waiting for the bus.
The Leopold Proactive Pilot Project includes a mix of electric and solar-powered lighting that has built in Wi-Fi to improve internet connectivity and allows Public Transport Victoria to provide real-time updates to commuters.
The improvements selected by local police and the community, will help prevent anti-social behaviour and improve safety for children after school and other commuters or those enjoying the trail.
Gateway Sanctuary was also identified by local Police through an audit undertaken, as an area of need for safety improvements, it now has had the installation of CCTV cameras and lighting.
The City of Greater Geelong has also contributed $30,000 towards the project, which was made possible thanks to the work of the Department of Transport, Victoria Police, and local community schools and residents.
Greater Geelong is one of 15 areas that shared in a $4.5 million funding boost through the Budget to continue Reignite Geelong, a youth crime prevention project, for a further year.
Through its Building Safer Communities Program, the Government continues to provide grants for Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety.
Since 2015, the Government has invested more than $85 million to fund over 860 community crime prevention projects, creating safer spaces and communities across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins
“This project is just one of many upgrades we’ve made possible so that all members of the community can be confident using public spaces.”
“This innovative project means people can stay seen, safe and connected when travelling around the Bellarine rail trail, all made possible through our investment in community crime prevention.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Police and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
“The Bellarine Trail is precious to lots of residents around the Peninsula. It’s great to see these upgrades help those using the trail or nearby public transport feel safe and secure
“These innovative smart lights will provide greater visibility and ensure everybody is comfortable when getting home at the end of the day.”