Shining a light on safety at Cato Park

Published on 30 January 2018

Cato Park Lake

More than $100,000 in Victorian Government funding is set to deliver increased community safety at Stawell’s Cato Park.


Northern Grampians Shire Council will install a number of LED lights around the park’s popular lake, funded by in large by a $102,453 grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program. The LED lighting will be placed at strategic intervals in order to deliver increased public safety and decreasing the chance of crime within the area.


Northern Grampians Shire Councillor Karen Hyslop said the new lighting will only serve to enhance the appeal of one of Stawell’s most popular natural assets.


“Cato Park Lake is an extremely popular place to visit for both local and tourists alike,” Cr Hyslop said.


“You only have to look at the number of users who have been out walking around the lake or enjoying the park over the past few months to recognise its popularity and the fact that this project is going to have major benefits for the Northern Grampians Shire community at large.


“We want people to be able to use areas like this for exercise and recreation, and they have a right to feel safe while doing so. By installing increased lighting, we are delivering increased levels of safety, as well as providing a deterrent against crime.

This is a Council which has outlined its commitment to increasing livability, and we know that people’s feelings of safety and security is key to creating a more livable community, which is why we are thankful to the Victorian Government for this funding. ”


As part of this project, we are seeking your feedback on how safe you feel when using Cato Park during all times of the day and night. To gauge this feedback, local residents are being encouraged to complete a short survey which can be accessed via Council’s website.