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Council welcomes funding to improve community safety

Walker at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Mount Alexander Shire Council has secured more than $200,000 in funding from the Victorian Government for improvements to lighting in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, and the installation of new security lighting and CCTV cameras at Camp Reserve in Castlemaine.

Monday 14 December 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has secured more than $200,000 in funding from the Victorian Government for improvements to lighting in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, and the installation of new security lighting and CCTV cameras at Camp Reserve in Castlemaine.

The funding will be used to install new lighting in a section of the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens (in the western perimeter parallel to Froomes Road and Walker Street). This will complete a circuit of the entire walking and cycling track within the gardens, ensuring it is well-lit for users.

Over at Camp Reserve, Council will install security lighting at several buildings including the toilet block on the eastern side of reserve, the male toilet block on the western side, and the table tennis pavilion, ticket booth and clubrooms.

CCTV cameras will also be installed on the table tennis pavilion at Camp Reserve to deter vandals.

Council was successful in obtaining $237,090 funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

The fund supports improvements to public infrastructure to strengthen community safety, security and confidence in public places, and helps support local economic activity.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Darren Fuzzard said he was thrilled to see the major community safety projects funded at the two high use locations.

“The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens are one of the shire’s much loved attractions for visitors and local residents alike.

“People love to enjoy a stroll around the heritage garden’s paths and it is a popular place for running, cycling and walking for people of all ages and abilities,” said Mr Fuzzard.

“The installation of lighting will help improve safety and security for park users in the early morning and at night, making it easier for people to enjoy the gardens all year round.

“We also hope the new lights and the installation of CCTV cameras will help to deter ongoing vandalism at the reserve, and assist Council and local police to identify the perpetrators if they continue to damage community assets,” he said.

It is expected the installation of lights, cameras and associated works will occur in the next financial year. Council will work in partnership with local police to deliver the CCTV program.



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