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$320K project underway to improve security and pedestrian safety in Eaton Mall, Oakleigh

Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris said the new plan will also include bollards across the three intersections in the mall to deter vehicles from entering the area

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Photo: Monash Council

05 January 2018

Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris announced that the Eaton Mall Pedestrian Safety Project will include better security infrastructure and bollards across the three intersections in the mall to deter vehicles from entering the area.

The State Government is providing $250,000 towards the project through the Department of Justice Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Council has allocated $70,000 to the project. A total of $320,000 has been allocated towards the project, with the aim to improve pedestrian safety in Eaton Mall, Oakleigh.

“The project has been guided by the Federal Government’s 'Hostile Vehicle Guidelines for Crowded Places' report and the heightened security concerns about random attacks using vehicles, such as the terrible incidents in the Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Street,” Cr Klisaris said.

“Eaton Mall is a very popular place for outside dining and attracts huge numbers of people and it’s important we now put measures in place to safeguard visitors given the heightened security concerns.”

Council has also been working to deter motorbike riders from riding and parking their bikes through the pedestrian areas of the Oakleigh Activity Centre and the installation of the security measures will assist in deterring motorbike access.

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The $320,000 would be better spend on improving access to mental health facilities than bollards. For many decades in Melbourne the available public health access starts from the ankles to the neck. What happens in the head or feet is an area not seen by our Parliaments or the general population, so the money for treatment is very limited. The biggest part of the Australian economy is the illegal drug trade; and, 99% of people using drugs are mentally damaged people; but very little is done to stop the illegal trade or the sick given treatment. At one point recently thousands of people with foot problems were pensioned off, when it would have been far cheaper to fix their feet and get them back to work and pay taxes. It’s not natural for people to harm others. Even soldiers have to be very young to be able to make them to hate others and kill men women and children with the first order, and, without reason. The mentally sick and the huge corruption in every part of our lives by the illegal drug trade is the main danger we face and not hostile Muslims who have seen their homes bombed and their families killed. It is so easy to throw bags of damp $100 bills in any direction by the drug trade to get co-operation, and when that fails a few bullets through a child's bed room window quickly brings results. Our political system creates the “wind mills" the citizen is supposed to chase for every problem; while the true dragon continues to devour the innocent.

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