Mall Upgrades to Boost Community Safety in Mitcham

By Dustin Halse MP

05 March 2022

Mitcham residents will feel safer when visiting their local mall, thanks to new safety upgrades funded by the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.


To create a more inviting shopping precinct that helps locals feel safe when shopping in their community, Whitehorse City Council received a Community Safety Infrastructure grant of more than $412,500 for upgrades to the Britannia Mall.


Upgrades to the area include new street furniture, paving, lighting, and safety bollards.

The renewal of the mall provides the community with a more functional, safe and accessible space to shop and dine, encouraging more people to spend time visiting the area.


The project has helped to boost the local Mitcham economy with employment opportunities and local service
providers and suppliers used during the works.

Victorian councils and community organisations have been supported to deliver innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety through the new Building Safer Communities program, part of the Crime Prevention Strategy.


The Government has also invested more than $85 million in Crime Prevention programs since 2015, including a recent investment through the 2021-22 State Budget of almost $20 million over four years, and supported over 860 projects to increase safety and community confidence in public places across Victoria.


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Quote attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins


“We want everyone in Mitcham to feel as safe as possible while using the Mall. These important upgrades will go a long way to ensuring that.”


Quotes attributable to Member for Ringwood Dustin Halse


“The upgrades at Britannia Mall will deter crime in this popular spot and ensure it’s enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.”


“We’re listening to local voices and working with communities to ensure everyone can feel safe in their community and proud of their public areas.”