Issues of community safety were the hot topic this week, with a new initiative, the Pyrenees Safety Advisory Group, launched to address issues including farm theft, family violence and road safety throughout the Pyrenees Shire.
The advisory group is the result of the Pyrenees Voice Campaign, a series of engagement opportunities conducted by police where locals were surveyed in relation to their community safety concerns late last year.
Ballarat Acting Superintendent Dan Davison said the organisations involved in the advisory group, which includes members from Victoria Police, Pyrenees Shire Council, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Department of Health and Human Services, Women’s Health Grampians, Grampians Primary Care Partnership, Regional Roads Victoria, Avoca Primary School, Beaufort Secondary College and health services from Maryborough, Beaufort and Skipton will work together to address the issues raised.
Issues identified across the shire through these surveys revealed livestock theft, family violence and road safety were key community concerns, and Act Supt Davison said the advisory group will be working closely with communities to address these issues.
“It’s been said many times before, Victoria Police is not the fix all for everything, hence why this group has been set up,” he said.
“The theory is the collaborative approach will bring more heads together because quite often there are some great ideas that we can put out into the community to build safety.”
Act Supt Davison said the advisory group has “only just been notified” of the top issues throughout the shire and said the group will be working closely on these issues, and others.
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