Neighbourhood Watch networks in the Gippsland East electorate will be better resourced to continue providing their vital services under a future Coalition Government.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the Coalition would provide $2 million over four years to fund locally-based crime prevention initiatives and central head-office coordination.
“This comes after the current State Government has failed to renew the $600,000 in funding over four years the previous Coalition Government provided,” Mr Bull said.
“Aside from the funding cut, the chief executive officer resigned, leaving the organisation with limited resources to run and co-ordinate programs and community safety initiatives.
“This has all come at the same time where we have had an increase in crime and stations either heavily understaffed or closed to the public.
“There are two Neighbourhood Watch networks (Wellington and East Gippsland) servicing constituents in my electorate. These hardworking volunteers have served the community for decades and deserve our support."
Mr Bull said the Government had also scrapped its Crime Prevention portfolio.
Caption: Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, says the a future Coalition Government will provide Neighbourhood Watch with $2 million over four years to allow them to continue providing their services to help prevent crime across Victoria.