Community safety is an important issue. Council meets regularly with police, community organisations and local business to discuss issues around public safety.
More recently, we have taken additional steps to help improve community safety, with a particular focus on lighting, public transport and CCTV cameras. In July 2014, Moreland City Council announced a package of $1.75 million in community safety funding initiatives.
How we have improved safety
Bike path lighting
Council's goal is to light up the whole Upfield Bike Path and to encourage more people to cycle, more often.
By June 2017, almost the entire Upfield Bike Path south of Bell Street will have lighting, making it safer for cyclists at night.
Since September 2012, Council has installed new lights along several sections of the Upfield Bike Path and additional lighting projects are earmarked for completion by June 2016.
Innovative new LED lighting has been installed on several sections of the Upfield path in Brunswick and Coburg. These are the darkest areas where we have received complaints about safety.
Watch our video and see the difference lighting along Upfield bike path makes
Street and public lighting
In 2015, nearly 3000 local street and laneway lights have been converted to LED in the Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West. Audits have shown that on average illumination has increased in these areas by more than 100 per cent. To view a map of street lights in these areas and report a fault see CityPower public lighting
In April 2016, Council signed a contract with Jemena, which manages street lights north of Moreland Road. An additional 5500 street lights will be changed to LEDs in these suburbs by end of July 2016.
Not only does this reduce carbon emissions and increase the amount of light on the street, it reduces the electricity and maintenance cost to Council and the community.
These new street lights improve lighting quality and have more consistent distribution of light resulting in fewer dark spots.
Nine CCTV cameras along Sydney Road Brunswick are connected to the Brunswick Police Station and are fully operational 24 hours a day.
The cameras provide Police with a clear view of Sydney Road between Brunswick Road and just north of Albert Street. Download a map of Brunswick CCTV locations (PDF 83Kb).
The cameras can be remotely operated by Police and footage reviewed at the police station.Victoria Police personnel have been trained to operate the new CCTV camera system.
The State Government contributed $250,000 to install the CCTV security cameras along Sydney Road, Brunswick, and Council added a further $125,000, as well as ongoing maintenance costs.
The installation of CCTV security cameras was a more complex and lengthy process than anticipated. Learn about many steps and the progress of this project through the Moreland Council CCTV timeline (PDF 176Kb).
The installation and operation of the cameras was due to be completed by 30 June 2014. Unfortunately the project was delayed.
The cameras were fully operational in September 2014.
Illuminated late night taxi ranks in Sydney Road, Brunswick
We have installed illuminated late night taxi ranks in Sydney Road, Brunswick to make it safer for you to hail a taxi.
They operate on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 pm - 7 am.
They are located at:
- Eastbound: Brunswick Road, Brunswick, immediately west of Sydney Road, near Bridie O' Reilly's Hotel
- Southbound: 108 - 132 Sydney Road, Brunswick, near McDonalds
- Northbound: 165 - 173 Sydney Road, Brunswick, near The Cornish Arms Hotel
- Southbound: 412 - 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick, near The Penny Black and The Mess Hall
You can download the Illuminated taxi rank locations map (PDF 392Kb) to see where these spots are located.
Other community safety measures
Protective Security Officers (PSOs)
Protective Security Officers (PSOs) will be deployed to Brunswick railway stations over the next 12 months, starting with Jewell station in June 2014.
Wilson Avenue Pop-Up Park
We erected a temporary Pop-Up Park in Wilson Avenue, Brunswick in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour and make the area safer and welcoming to all. This project was part of an integrated strategy for urban renewal in an area Victoria police identified as a high-risk location.
Following the trial, Council has consulted with the community on making this area a permanent public space.
A seating area, children’s playground and climbing wall will be installed along with better lighting to bring people to the area throughout the day and the evening.
Community Safety Leadership Group
In April 2013, Council endorsed the establishment of a Community Safety Leadership Group to oversee the development and implementation of an evidence based strategy with a focus on crime prevention and making the Moreland community safer.
Members of the Leadership Group are from three State Departments, Victoria Police, local community services and community groups as well as Moreland City Council.
The Leadership Group's purpose includes making a recommendation to Council to invest $125,000 for a Community Safety Grant.
Moreland Council Community Safety Grant
Council made available a one-off Community Safety Grant of $125,000 in May 2014.
The grant priorities were determined by the Community Safety Leadership Group, an advisory committee endorsed by Council in 2013. The leadership group considered the available evidence and concluded that family violence is an issue that is prevalent in the municipality.
The areas identified as priorities to be addressed by grant applicants were:
- Support for new parents, and
- Respectful relationship education in secondary schools.
This grant was allocated in July 2014 to a program designed to curb growing incidence of domestic violence in the community, working on the ground with families through Council’s own Maternal and Child Care Health Service in partnership with Merri Community Health and Kildonan Uniting Care.
Safety networks and meetings
Council plays a key role in the promotion of community safety and crime prevention in the municipality. We do this by engaging in partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
Council meets with Victoria Police every month to discuss issues around public safety. We also meet every quarter with police and licensed venues on Sydney Road to address public safety issues.