Launch of “Help Yourself” Campaign
On Friday 10th of March I was pleased to launch a new campaign to drive down thefts of and from vehicles across Geelong including the Bellarine Peninsula.
The “Help Yourself” campaign will raise awareness about how drivers can help prevent thefts and protect their property from being stolen.
The City of Greater Geelong and the Bellarine Community Safety Group have collaborated to develop the campaign, with funding of $16,000 from the Victorian Government.
There has been a significant increase in theft of and from cars on the Bellarine Peninsula recently. Fifty one per cent of these are from unlocked cars.
The Help Yourself campaign will encourage drivers to take simple steps including ensuring valuables are out of sight, cars are parked in well-lit and secure areas and vehicles locked.
As part of the campaign, Victoria Police is also partnering with local Men’s Sheds and other community groups to hold Safe Plate days throughout 2017, fitting number plates to vehicles using one-way screws, free of charge.
Posters, advertising and signs with crime prevention tips will be rolled out across the region on community noticeboards, shop windows and Neighbourhood Watch material, as well as online. This will continue to build on the Bellarine Community Safety Group’s work, including the recently launched bSafe website, which delivers crime prevention advice and tips to the Bellarine community.
New Jetty at Clifton Springs
I was recently pleased to open the new jetty at Clifton Springs that was built with a $250,000 contribution from the State Government.
Previously there had been 2 wooden piers at the Clifton Springs boat ramp that were in a state of dis-repair and starting to fall down.
Over a number of years I had been made aware of the poor state of the old piers by local anglers and have been pleased to deliver what was a 2014 election commitment.
The ‘all abilities’ jetty is 2.9 metres wide and features a larger fishing area at the end to cater for more anglers. The jetty is a modular design so can then be extended into the future as need arises.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or call my office if there are any matters that I may be able to assist you with directly.