Lighting Up Fitzroy Street

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By: Jason Taylor

A Quarter of $1 million is being spent on the pedestrian scale lighting budget. It is to be mainly used on footpaths, under heavy awnings and at pedestrian crossings. “This would enhance the popular precinct’s safety, vibrancy and the additional lighting will help make this entertainment precinct more welcoming and enjoyable to visit, particularly at night and in the colder months” Mayor Amanda Stevens explained.

Some of the funding will also be used to upgrade seating and greenery under Council’s Fitzroy Street scape Plan, The Council has already committed more than two thirds of a million dollars to the street scape initiative involving tram stops and trams to be more accessible.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the much anticipated upgrades, which will be complimented by the lighting,” she said.

“The Coalition Government is very pleased to be able to partner with the City of Port Phillip on this important community safety project.”

The grant, announced by Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue, has been funded through a Department of Justice community crime prevention program.

“Fitzroy Street is one of Melbourne’s great entertainment precincts, drawing people from all over Melbourne and Victoria,” Mr O’Donohue said.

A frustrated local lamented, “I’ve lived here for a few years and the amount of times a light stopped a desperate homeless from robbing me for his dinner money is still nil. I don’t see how lighting is going to save me…”

Many locals might seem oblivious to the underbelly of their neighbourhood, but they are educated enough to be aware of in the persistent problems that affect the socially disenfranchised.

They would be aware of a police car regularly parked outside the Gatwick Hotel, as police once again have to attend to something in that part of Fitzroy St.

How lighting in itself will address our problems is questionable. Can’t we spend more on law enforcement, and helping the homeless and otherwise disenfranchised?

Being able to see dirty streets does not make them clean.

St Kilda is renowned for hosting travellers and visitors, but currently Firtzroy St just looks a tired cheap place. Lighting seems to be the least of our problems.

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