Walsh says Nationals focus on safety, crime

By Riverine Herald

THE Nationals have pledged that if in government they will boost safety and reduce crime in local communities with a $24 million community safety package.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said, if elected in November, The Nationals will provide grants of as much as $250,000 to local councils to better develop public safety and security infrastructure such as CCTV systems, improved public lighting and creating local solutions to local crime.

Mr Walsh said during the past four years of a ‘‘city-centric Labor government’’, regional towns had become prime targets for shop break-ins, criminal activity and anti-social behavior.

“Local businesses are sick of it and The Nationals are not prepared to tolerate it any longer,’’ he said. “We will do everything in our power to combat the escalation of crime in country Victoria and to reinstate confidence in community safety.”

Mr Walsh said councils would identify areas that attract a higher rate of crime and implement measures to deter offenders.