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Daniel Andrews has slashed funding for Victoria’s Neighbourhood Watch program.

Neighbourhood Watch now has only a part time acting CEO and a part time administration person following a Labor Government decision to defund the organisation.

Former full time CEO, Gill Metz has been forced to resign after funding was withdrawn.

In the middle of an unprecedented crime wave hitting Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs, Daniel Andrews has overseen reduced local police station hours, and a massive funding cut to our tried and true community crime prevention program.

Neighbourhood Watch is a much loved, iconic program that assists communities to work together and keep residents safe. It was first launched in Frankston in 1983, and has served local communities for over thirty years.

The former Coalition government provided $600,000 to fund a full time CEO and reinvigorate the Neighbourhood Watch program. 

Comments from the Gordon Rich-Phillips, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region:

Daniel Andrews’ attack on community organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, the CFA, and the SES is completely unacceptable.

Our local crime rate is skyrocketing out of control, but Labor is cutting support for local law enforcement.
It clear that under Daniel Andrews, the safety of our local community is not a priority.
Police stations with reduced counter services under Labor:

•          Endeavour Hills          
•          Burwood
•          Ashburton                   
•          Carrum Downs
•          Mt Waverley               
•          Craigieburn
•          Epping                        
•          Waurn Ponds  
•          Whitfield                     
•          The closure of Nunawading
•          Tatura                         
•          Somerville
•          Reservoir                    
•          Pakenham
•          Mooroolbark              
•          Lakes Entrance

Media contact: Courtney Mann 9794 7667     courtney.mann@parliament.vic.gov.au
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