Two CCTV cameras and new lighting are being installed at Cannon Hill in Warrnambool as part of a plan to crackdown on hoon drivers and vandals.
That will bring the number of CCTV cameras across Warrnambool to 25, including in the city centre, Lake Pertobe, Viaduct Road, the Port area and the railway station car park.
The lights and new cameras are expected to up and running by the end of June, and have been mostly funded by a $133,967 grant from the Department of Justice and Regulation.
Warrnambool mayor Tony Herbert said the council wanted everyone to feel safe and confident when at the popular Cannon Hill area.
Cr Herbert said that as well as making Cannon Hill safer, the construction phase of the project helped keep people in jobs, especially during these tough times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Five light poles will be installed along the length of Artillery Crescent with bollard lighting along the footpath link to Pertobe Road.
Warrnambool City Council owns and maintains the camera network while the police monitor and manage images and recorded data.
"The establishment and expansion of Warrnambool's CCTV network has been a really successful partnership between council, the police and the Victorian Government," Cr Herbert said.
He said feeling safe was the number one thing that made somewhere a good place to live, according to the Ipsos Life in Australia study which named Warrnambool and the south-west the most liveable place in Australia.
"We can't rest on our laurels though, and I'm very pleased that we are continuing to pursue projects to make our city even safer," Cr Herbert said.
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