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Community Safety Forum attracts more than 100 residents

Community Safety Forum attracts more than 100 residents

20 March 2017

Community safety was the focus of a forum held in Keysborough last week.

More than 100 community members attended the forum, together with Member for Keysborough the Hon Martin Pakula, Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti, fellow councillors Angela Long, Matthew Kirwan, Roz Blades, Heang Tak, Youhorn Chea and Tim Dark and representatives from Victoria Police.

The forum addressed current community safety concerns including hoon behaviour, stolen cars and house burglaries. It also looked at ways community safety could be improved in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Jim Memeti said a number of community safety initiatives introduced by Council, State Government and Victoria Police were already having a positive impact.

“While Council’s role is not to solve crime we do work closely with organisations like Victoria Police who do,” he said.
“We invest a lot of time, money and resources in ensuring we are creating safety public spaces in our community, educating the community about the negative impacts of drug and alcohol use and being a strong advocate for raising awareness about family violence.”

Mayor Memeti said Council had also worked closely with all tiers of Government and Victoria Police to secure funding to install one of the largest CCTV networks in metropolitan Melbourne.

“We now have cameras in Dandenong, Springvale and Noble Park,” he said.

“We have also advocated for additional police resources and a greater police presence. All of these things are helping us to collectively create a safer community for residents and visitors to the City of Greater Dandenong.”

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