Lighting up the way
The Moira Shire Council received more than $85,000 through the Victorian Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund to install 31 solar LED lights along the 1.8 kilometre stretch of pathway between Woods Road and Botts Road.
The track is a popular route for residents to walk or cycle to and from the CBD and this project will increase visibility along the track in mornings and evenings to help keep the community safe.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp MP who announced the funding said this will be a great asset for the community’s safety.
“It will be great to see locals getting out and enjoying everything Yarrawonga has to offer,” Mr Gepp said.
“Thanks to this upgrade from the Victorian Government, locals and visitors to the region can do so more safely.”
The new lighting also aims to improve confidence for residents, so they feel safer when visiting the area and using the track.
The Moira Shire Council’s Community Safety Strategy Plan 2016-2019 found that well-planned and managed public spaces and facilities would help enhance feelings of community safety.
Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins added “well-lit public places improve people’s feelings of safety and awareness of their surroundings.
“I’m pleased the Victorian Government has worked with council and the local community to listen to their concerns, and to help deliver this project to improve the area.”
The Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to Victorian councils to improve safety, security and confidence in public places.
The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program, which has invested more than $85 million towards over 860 community projects to create safer spaces and communities across Victoria.
Applications for the next round of competitive grants will open on Monday, November 15 and close at 4pm on Friday, February 11.
For more information go to: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/buildingsafercommunities.
The centre of Yarrawonga will receive a further safety boost thanks to a lighting upgrade along a popular local route to the CBD.