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Holmesglen partners with Moorabbin Police on new community engagement project

Holmesglen has introduced a new crime prevention and international student safety initiative at the Moorabbin campus.

The institute partnered with Moorabbin Police on the community engagement project, which will improve international student safety at the campus.

The initiative – Project CEANT – was officially welcomed at a launch event held last Tuesday. Principally, the project aims to increase awareness by outlining effective crime reporting.

"At Holmesglen, we're always committed to providing a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for students and believe this new project will help continue this role," Holmesglen Events Coordinator Stephenie Garac said.

Moorabbin Police Acting Sergeant Ric Anderson officially outlined the community engagement project at the launch.

"An opportunity presented itself to address students at Holmesglen, in particular the international students," Acting Sergeant Anderson said.

"When we look at some of the statistics in regards to community diversity, if you have a look at the City of Kingston, approximately 30% of all residents within the city come from a diverse background, and up to 22% come from non-English speaking backgrounds."

City of Kingston Mayor Cr Tamsin Bearsley, Southern Metro Division 2 Superintendent Amy Gledden and Kingston Local Area Commander Inspector Bruce Kitchen were also in attendance to support the new project.

"The key to this is to make it long standing and to give students the opportunity to feel safe in the community. Also, we want staff and other people involved to take lessons out of the project, not just for the City of Kingston. We want them to take it back to their own communities," Kingston Local Area Commander Inspector Kitchen said.

Partnerships with other councils and local organisations, such as Westfield Southland, will help promote the campaign.

Additionally, permanent display signs have been installed throughout the Holmesglen Moorabbin car park, which coincide with Moorabbin Police's 'Anti-Vehicle Theft From' campaign. "This strategy is designed to deliver a broad based community message within our Policing Service Area to mitigate, prevent and reduce theft from motor vehicles," Acting Sergeant Anderson said.

The project continues Holmesglen's ongoing partnership with Victoria Police. Holmesglen was the first institute in the state to work with Victoria Police and the Police Academy.

Moreover, Holmesglen screen and media students have been invited to create an ad for the campaign. Neighbourhood Watch will donate a monetary value to the winner/class.