Call for lights, cameras

Suzanne Robson

FORUM CREATES ACTION PLAN TO MAKE SYDNEY RD SAFER

ADDITIONAL taxi ranks, CCTV and more street lighting were high on the agenda at last week’s Brunswick Community Safety Forum, which was prompted by the death of Jill Meagher.

More than 150 Moreland residents attended the forum at Brunswick Town Hall, which included speeches by police and representatives of Moreland Council, Women’s Information Support and Housing in the North, White Ribbon Foundation and the Sydney Road Brunswick Association.

Wills federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson said the open discussion enabled traders and residents to express their concerns.

Mr Thomson said traders raised that Sydney Rd had been ‘‘damaged as a place to shop’’ and some residents highlighted concerns about the west side of Sydney Rd in Brunswick, ‘‘saying that the mix of industrial and residential wasn’t really safe’’.

He said residents called for more spending on lighting along pedestrian paths and railway stations and more taxi ranks.

Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett said there was a movement to address problems with transport and taxi services, improve planning and design, obtain financial contributions from developers and for venues to help with safety measures and infrastructure.

Moreland Mayor Oscar Yildiz said the council had applied for a $105,600 grant to illuminate three taxi ranks on Sydney Rd and Brunswick Rd through the Victorian Taxi Directorate’s Taxi Rank Safety Program.

Cr Yildiz said the council would also work with the state and federal governments to introduce CCTV and extra street lighting.

He said the council would consult with Jill Meagher’s family about a memorial. ‘‘As the mayor of the city I am going to do everything I personally can to ensure there is a memorial for Jill,’’ Cr Yildiz said.

‘‘The death of Jill Meagher has encouraged us as a community to come together and find ways to better protect our community.’’

Moreland Leader, 26th November 2012