Thursday, 20 September 2018
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (10:28:25) — I rise to welcome the latest statistics from the independent Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) for Mildura and Shepparton today. I am pleased to report to the house that in Mildura crime rates have fallen by 2.4 per cent in the year to 30 June 2018. Break and enter offences are down by 6.6 per cent. Theft offences are down by 9.9 per cent. Both of these offence rates are the lowest in a decade. In relation to Shepparton, the crime rate fell by 0.9 per cent to 30 June 2018, the lowest crime rate, I might add, in five years. Assaults were down by 8.2 per cent.
This is because of the funding of the Andrews Labor government, with the provision of 41 new family violence police around the state, many of whom are located in both Mildura and Shepparton. The CSA data also shows that family violence continues to be one of the biggest and most significant contributors to violence against people in our state. So this investment, this funding, for the 415 additional family violence police is very much welcomed by people in my electorate of Northern Victoria Region.