The Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that State-of-the-art smart lighting is set to be installed at several Leopold bus stops and sections of the Bellarine Rail Trail.
The funding is part of a $250,000 State Government initiative to boost public safety and combat anti-social behaviour in the area.
The Leopold Proactive Pilot Project will see at least 15 smart lights installed at bus stops and shelters, as well as at key access points and along the trail to create safer public access between Melaluka Road and Christies Road.
The mix of electric and solar-powered lighting will feature Wi-Fi to improve internet connectivity in the area and allow Public Transport Victoria to send real-time arrival schedules and updates.
As the main access route to the Leopold Gateway Shopping Centre precinct and the Bellarine Peninsula, key bus-stop and shelter locations will also include CCTV to deter anti-social behaviour and improve safety for evening commuters and children during after school hours in winter when darkness falls early.
Public Transport Victoria will also use the smart lighting to monitor usage at the bus stops and shelters to help inform future service and infrastructure investments.
The City of Greater Geelong is also contributing $30,000 towards the project, which is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
Since 2015, the government has provided almost $14.5 million in Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants to support 92 projects across Victoria.
This includes almost $500,000 to support two public safety infrastructure projects in the City of Greater Geelong area, including for two CCTV cameras and lighting at the Waurn Ponds Skate Park precinct in 2018.