The Federal Member for Deakin, Phil Barresi, has pledged $150,000 to install security cameras at Ringwood Station and the surrounding retail precinct.
The announcement, which was made this morning at Ringwood Station, will fully fund the project and provide continuously monitored cameras interlinked with the Police, similar to those installed at Croydon and Lilydale Stations.
I was invited to attend the launch and to provide The City of Maroondah’s support for this proposal. As a council, Maroondah has a vision to transform Ringwood into a vibrant and thriving suburb underpinned by an effective public transport system.
The installation of similar security cameras at Lilydale has reduced crime by 70% and it appears there are already positive results in Croydon. Ringwood, as a transit city, needs these cameras to ensure that people feel safe using Ringwood Station.
I congratulate Phil Barresi for working in partnership with Maroondah and the local community, particularly the Ringwood Chamber of Commerce, to secure the funding necessary for this project.