Adjournment: Bellarine Community Safety Group

08 March 2023

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My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police, and the action I seek is for the minister to join me and meet with the Bellarine Community Safety Group to discuss community safety and policing on the Bellarine peninsula. The safety group was first established in 2014 by my predecessor the Honourable Lisa Neville in partnership with community leaders and local Bellarine police command. The purpose of this group is for the community leaders to work with Bellarine police and discuss and develop initiatives in addressing local community safety issues, and at a grassroots level the work of the safety group does provide communities, using their local knowledge, a real say on matters that are important to them and their families. A good example of the safety group has been the establishment of the bSafe Bellarine website, which has been operating now for nearly eight years on the peninsula. The website acts as a community safety crime prevention information hub, keeping residents and visitors on the peninsula informed on matters of community safety. In doing so the Victoria Police Eyewatch, CFA – Country Fire Authority – Surf Life Saving Victoria and Neighbourhood Watch Facebook pages also utilise this to keep the site up to date and easy to use. As the local member I am really looking forward to chairing my first meeting with this group, scheduled later this month, and I know the members of the Bellarine Community Safety Group would welcome the opportunity to meet with the minister and discuss local safety matters at one of our future meetings.