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in the CBD
With the footy finals just around the corner and
hope of warmer weather on our minds, the City
of Ballarat wants to remind late night revellers to
keep safe in the CBD.
October is Community Safety Month and a
great opportunity to shine a light on three great
initiatives: The Designated Driver Program,
CitySafe Taxi Ranks and the Ballarat CBD Safety --
CCTV Extension Program.
Be a Real Mate
When planning a big night out, think about how
you are going to get home safely and responsibly.
Ballarat's Designated Driver Program (DDP)
rewards nominated sober drivers with free soft
drinks all night at the following CBD venues:
• Karova Lounge
• The George Hotel
• Irish Murphy's
• The Bluestone Bar
• JD's Sports Bar and
• The Bended Elbow
Staff at these licensed venues recently participated
in a training program to increase knowledge of the
program and ensure it is delivered consistently
across all venues.
The Designated Driver Program (DDP) is a joint
initiative of the Ballarat Liquor Accord, Victoria
Police and the City of Ballarat's Community Safety
How do I join the Designated
1. Tell the bar staff you're a
2. Get a stamp on your hand
3. Enjoy free drinks (soft drink/water)
Ballarat's camera's keeping you safe
More closed circuit television cameras are
planned for Ballarat's CBD in areas of increased
anti-social behaviour or criminal activity, improving
community safety and assisting police with crime
The City of Ballarat is installing 16 new CCTV
cameras in the central business district to
supplement the original system installed in 2008
Already, Victoria Police has used these CCTV
cameras to detect crimes including assault, road
traffic offences including drink driving, criminal
damage, wilful damage, offensive behaviour, affray,
sexual offences and graffiti offences.
In 2011 and 2012, the City of Ballarat committed
further funding to install more cameras in the
precinct. Additional funding was secured from
the Victorian Government, Department of Justice,
and the Australian Government, under its Safer
Additional cameras will increase areas of
surveillance in and around the late night
entertainment precinct and provide areas of new
coverage including Bakery Hill and the Little Bridge
Street transport interchange.
The integration of 42 existing CCTV cameras
operated by the Bridge Mall Traders will also be
incorporated into the Citysafe Camera system.
For more information on the CitySafe Safety
Cameras, contact the City of Ballarat's Community
Safety Planning Officer Amanda Collins at 5320
5804 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
• Victoria Police use CCTV on a daily basis
predominately between 8pm and 6am
• CCTV allows for deployment of appropriate
personnel to prevent serious crimes
• Victoria Police consider the ability to present
CCTV footage in courts as a significant factor
in successful prosecutions of offenders
Need a taxi?
The CitySafe Taxi Ranks are a safe, central
location for people who have enjoyed a night
out in the CBD to wait for a taxi ride home.
There are two CitySafe Taxi Ranks in Ballarat:
• Cnr of Sturt and Lydiard Streets (for
patrons travelling south of Sturt St)
• Opposite the Ballarat Railway Station,
Lydiard St North (for patrons travelling
north of Sturt St)
The CitySafe Taxi Ranks operate 2am to 6am,
Saturday and Sunday nights, and at busy
periods including Christmas, university O Week
celebrations and Ballarat Cup Day.
There are two security staff at each Taxi
Ranks which provides a safer environment for
taxi drivers and late night revellers. Since its
inception, there's been a noticeable decrease
in incidents for Victoria Police and fewer
reports of vandalism to central properties.
The ranks also provide certainty of taxi access,
a more focused disbursement of people from
nightclubs and orderly and prompt access of
patrons to taxis.
For information, visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
and follow the Community
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