Australian Conservatives MLC for Western Metropolitan region of Victoria, Rachel Carling-Jenkins, said the state was losing the battle on community safety.
The Australian newspaper reports today that the Prime Minister has weighed in with his Victorian federal colleagues into the question of community safety in Victoria, particularly the western metropolitan area. The Australian said calls for action on gangs have come on the back of a recent outbreak of violence, vandalism and affray from groups of youths from African backgrounds, largely focused around Melbourne’s western suburbs, where some parts, including community facilities and parks, have been declared “no-go zones” by locals.
Dr Carling-Jenkins told The Australian newspaper that her constituents were installing dead-bolts and CCTV cameras for their safety. "People are barricading themselves in their homes at night because they're scared of what's going on outside."
Dr Carling-Jenkins has continued her critique of the Andrews government's record on community safety on her Facebook page, inviting Premier Andrews to "talk to the fearful service station workers, the residents barricading themselves in their own homes or the many victims of this gang crime wave".