Local shop owners and residents in Doveton can feel safer in their local community, thanks to the installation of community safety infrastructure funded by the Victorian Government.

The project works included four new solar lights, a flood light, and four parking barriers along the strip of shops, picnic area and playground to increase natural surveillance and improve feelings of safety for those using the area.

Two murals were also installed at the Aboriginal Gathering Place by local Aboriginal artist Ian Harrison, and feature traditional dot paintings, animals and boomerangs. 

The upgrades aim to discourage antisocial behaviour, increase visitors to the area and ensure locals feel safe and welcome when in their community.

Shop owners and locals have previously raised safety concerns when working in the area, particularly at night, and a 2018 security and safety audit of Linden Place conducted by Victoria Police recommended improved lighting to help locals feel safer. 

Casey City Council has received more than $4 million in funding towards 34 projects to increase community safety in the area, including more than $29,000 for the Casey Graffiti Management plan and more than $177,000 for safety enhancements to the Energize-Camms Road Shopping Strip.

The project works were funded by a Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grant of more than $68,000 awarded to Casey City Council.

For more information visit Public Safety Infrastructure Fund featured projects.