DURING the week, Greater Shepparton City Council launched its latest initiative as outlined in the Council’s Safer City Strategy 2011-2014 recommendations, in an ongoing effort to improve safety in and around Shepparton’s central business district.
The safety initiative will help security staff at late night venues in the Shepparton CBD to immediately report inappropriate behaviour and incidents to other venues and local police.
Over the next month, the ‘Night Life Radio’ project will be trialled at five venues – the Vic Hotel, Bullion Bar, GV Hotel, Yahoo Bar and the Aussie.
During the trial each partnering venue will be provided with one secure digital frequency handset, a charger and surveillance earpiece kit. Police will be supplied with two handsets for use by officers and the radio network’s base station will be housed at Shepparton Police Station. A radio will also be on the free Street Rider Night Bus service.
Through the radio network late night venue and bus service, security staff members are in direct contact with Shepparton Police and can immediately report inappropriate behaviour.
Deputy Mayor, Michael Polan said, “City of Greater Geelong, in response to issues around late-night safety in its CBD, had developed a similar radio program, which we believed could be adapted and used here in Greater Shepparton.”
“The program is inexpensive and relatively easy to set up and manage. It not only supports the police in their work but also helps venues immediately communicate to other venues when a patron has been barred.”
Cr Polan said the program complemented other Council safety initiatives and partnerships including the Street Rider Night Bus and improved lighting in Maude Street Mall.
“We look forward to other initiatives identified in the Safer City Strategy being implemented in the near future,” he said.