La­bor to help light up Ararat

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Vic­to­rian La­bor will lit­er­ally shine more light on Ararat’s Alexan­dra Gar­dens if it re­tains gov­ern­ment next month.

The State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a grant of more than $230,000 for flood­light­ing at the gar­dens to im­prove com­mu­nity safety and help re­duce crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the area.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford joined Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives to an­nounce the plan as part of a Pub­lic Safety In­fra­struc­ture Fund grants fund­ing round.

“This new light­ing will in­crease com­mu­nity safety and se­cu­rity in Alexan­dra Gar­dens, so more peo­ple can en­joy them more of­ten,” she said.

“Through our record in­vest­ment in com­mu­nity safety we’re giv­ing Vic­to­ria Po­lice the re­sources, equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy they need to keep Vic­to­ri­ans safe.”

The grant will fund the in­stal­la­tion of new light­ing at Alexan­dra Gar­dens and Ararat Ac­tive Link, in­clud­ing Bill Water­ston Skate Park.

The project in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of pole-mounted lights and light­ing bol­lards in Alexan­dra Gar­dens and Ararat Ac­tive Link around the skate park and en­trances.

The Ararat coun­cil is in charge of the project in part­ner­ship with Ararat Ac­tive8 health and well­be­ing group and Vic­to­ria Po­lice.

The gov­ern­ment has al­ready in­vested $430,000 in Ararat Ac­tive Link to up­grade the first stage of the skate park through its Com­mu­nity Sports In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

This was in part­ner­ship with the Ararat coun­cil and Ararat Skate Park com­mit­tee, which gen­er­ated money through do­na­tions, fundrais­ing and pledges from lo­cal busi­nesses.

The lat­est com­mit­ment is part of the La­bor gov­ern­ment’s $25-mil­lion in­vest­ment in its Com­mu­nity Crime Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram.

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