CRIME PREVENTION GRANT BRIGHTENS AQUAMOVES

State Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today unveiled the completed safety improvements at Aquamoves Regional Aquatic Centre in Shepparton.

Ms Symes said a Victorian Government crime prevention grant helped light up the Aquamoves Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre to improve safety and security for all visitors and staff.

The Greater Shepparton City Council received a $231,000 Victorian Government crime prevention grant to improve car park lighting for the popular health and fitness venue.

The car park’s lack of lighting attracted anti-social behaviour and vandalism, especially in the early mornings and late at night.

“As part of the project, the centre received new lighting in and around the building as well as 28 new lights in the car park,” Ms Symes said.

“These new lights will help brighten up the area, especially the footpath that leads to the centre.

“The transformation has improved visibility, which in turn will help to reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

With more than 1700 people visiting Aquamoves every day – almost all of them driving – the lighting will make a big difference for safety around the centre.

“Aquamoves is a popular health and fitness venue and this new lighting will ensure that people can continue to enjoy this facility and feel safe going to and from the car park,” Ms Symes said.

“This work has improved visibility, boosting safety in the car park and nearby areas, including the Victoria Lake precinct.

“Thank you to the Greater Shepparton City Council for listening to the concerns of the local community and the local sporting clubs who also supported this application for funding.”