Council bids for more security

TRARALGON could benefit from the installation of more closed circuit television cameras if an application before the State Government is successful.

Latrobe City Council recently put in an application for $126,000 to the government, in a bid to install another eight CCTV cameras around Traralgon’s central business district.

According to State Member for Morwell Russell Northe, he was “hopeful” the application would be approved, as it would “greatly benefit” the community.

“I’m very supportive of this application…. (CCTV cameras) are important in this day and age,” Mr Northe said.

“Unfortunately we’ve had some negative activity in the central business district and the police are strongly supportive of this move.

“I believe it will make a significant difference in the community and complement the two cameras already installed in Traralgon last year.”

The Express received some responses from the Latrobe Valley community on its Facebook page, with a majority of followers in support of the proposal.

“It’s fantastic if it’s utilised correctly,” Sally Mafis said, adding stores in Traralgon had previously considered “contributing to pay for security to man every corner” of the streets.

Traralgon resident Axella Johannesson said “people going about their business and those going out for an evening have a right to do so without being beaten or robbed, so yes, I support the cameras”.

The application before the State Government falls under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund, with an announcement expected later this month.