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MORE surveillance cameras on Frankston streets have been promised by both sides of politics in the lead up to November’s state election.

Law and order is shaping up as a political point of contention between the Labor state government and Liberal National Coalition state opposition.

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville visited Frankston last Thursday (16 August) to unveil 15 new CCTV cameras in central Frankston’s Young Street area.

Footage from the cameras will be monitored in real time days and nights from Frankston Police Station.

“The upgraded CCTV network will help police keep a close eye on the Frankston CBD and Young Street transit hub, making it a safer and more inviting space for the community,” Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said.

“This is an important upgrade for the CBD and feeds into our government’s massive redevelopment of the area.”

The $273,000 CCTV system was funded by Frankston ratepayers and state taxpayers through a public safety infrastructure fund.

The switch on of the CCTV cameras in central Frankston came days after the opposition promised to make grants of up to $250,000 available to councils, including Frankston, for more surveillance cameras.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will ensure that residents of the City of Frankston are safe in their community,” Liberal state Upper House MP for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich said.

Victoria Police Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb is the Liberal state candidate for Frankston and will face off against former firefighter Mr Edbrooke in the ultra-marginal seat on polling day in November.

First published in the Frankston Times – 20 August 2018

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