THE Coalition has continued its law and order blitz of Ballarat’s Little Bridge Street announcing a further $235,000 to improve lighting, fund rapid graffiti removal and create new bus shelters at the troubled interchange.
It comes months after it was announced an elected Coalition government would provide PSO’s at the bus interchange and the Bridge Street Mall for eight hours every day should it win government on November 24.
Wendouree Liberal candidate Amy Johnson said she had been approached by numerous traders in the area who had said there was a feeling of a lack of safety in the Mall and the bus interchange.
She said she was committed to stamping out anti-social behaviour in the precinct with this funding, which also includes the construction of graffiti proof bus shelters going a long way to help that.
“There is a significant problem with anti-social behaviour down here in Little Bridge Street,” Ms Johnson said.
“I’ve been contacted by so many members of the public that don’t like coming to this end of the city because they feel unsafe.
“We’ll take strong action to clean up this area of the city.”
Trader Tracey Hargreaves said the main concern was behaviour such as graffiti and drinking which happens around shop fronts.
“I am quite happy with this announcement particularly with the rapid graffiti removal because that is something I report quite often, in fact I’ve reported about it twice in the last week and nothing is ever done,” she said.
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