Mixed responses

July 27, 2017

Greater Shepparton City Council safety officer Joel Board.

Tatura locals had their say on Greater Shepparton City Council’s community safety strategy at a public workshop last week.

The workshop was the second feedback session to be held within the municipality, where the council asked community members for feedback on what they feel are the most important matters regarding safety.

Greater Shepparton City Council safety officer Joel Board said the session comprised the first phase of developing the Community Safety Strategy 2018-21.

‘‘This will form a holistic draft, which will be put out to the public and we’ll be asking if it is reflective of what was discussed,’’ he said.

Mr Board said the draft would go out for public consultation in October, following community workshops throughout the municipality this month.

‘‘There is also an avenue for feedback online, which will be open until mid-August,’’ he said.

City of Greater Shepparton Councillor Les Oroszvary said the community input would have a substantial impact on the end result.

‘‘In the past this input has resulted in numerous positive outcomes, of note has been the success of the CCTV network,’’ Cr Oroszvary said.

‘‘Some people may consider this again as a further strategic outcome for extension of the network. This is but one example of the input.

‘‘The lighting the lake is another example whereby community input was acknowledged, listened to and acted upon.’’

Mr Board said although the council could not highlight specific concerns raised by the community during the workshop at this stage, there were a mixture of positive and negative sentiments expressed.

‘‘This is the first part of the conversation,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve already met with police; we met with senior members at the Shepparton station around two weeks ago.’’

Mr Board said they had also met with the council internally.

‘‘We’re trying to get as many stakeholders involved as possible,’’ he said.

‘‘Everyone has an issue with safety so we’re trying to get as many voices as we can.’’

Mr Board said community groups and organisations that wished to do a workshop to address their concerns could put their hand up to do so.

■To provide feedback online, visit

Feedback can also be sent to the Community Safety Strategy, Greater Shepparton City Council, Locked Bag 1000, Shepparton VIC 3632, via email to [email protected] or dropped off in-person at Greater Shepparton City Council, 90 Welsford St, Shepparton.

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