Federal election: CCTV funds on the table

South Yarra residents are at their wits end with weekend drunks urinating in laneways and anti-social behaviour in the area.
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Lara Barry Street Residents Association President Justin Zakis said while Chapel Street’s CCTV cameras and police presence had been beefed up, surrounding streets and car parks are still being trashed.

Smashed bottles, vomit, urine and graffiti have become commonplace in car parks, lanes and streets on the weekends, prompting calls for better lighting and live-monitored surveillance systems in South Yarra and Prahran.

Following a six-month delay, the City of Stonnington is set to install 10 new cameras along Chapel Street between South Yarra and Windsor in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Up to 10,000 people descend on Chapel Street’s bars, clubs and restaurants every week but it is not the main stretch concerning Mr Zakis.

“Locals are concerned about drunken revelers creeping into the residential side streets,” Mr Zakis said.

“There have been occasions where residents are walking their dog on a Sunday morning and made uncomfortable by people who are drunk and have been out all night at nightclubs.

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“Even on a Saturday afternoon, I was driving into my laneway and a guy was urinating on the wall of the laneway. It was day light.”

Mr Zakis’ calls for increased security in neighbourhood streets have been heard by federal member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer.

On the campaign trail, the Liberal member announced a $100,000 funding boost for improved CCTV cameras and improved street lighting in Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor, last Wednesday.

Ms O’Dwyer said the funds would be handed over to the City of Stonnington should the Coalition win the electionon September 7.

“The vibrant nightlife in and around Chapel Street is one of the great attractions of Higgins, however, this sometimes brings with it anti-social behaviour,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“No one should feel unsafe walking the streets at night.”

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