Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — I rise to address my adjournment matter to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. I seek a commitment to an election funding announcement by the coalition with regard to supporting the great work undertaken by a local volunteer security group based in my electorate. During the election campaign the coalition pledged $40 000 a year for the next three years to the Community Security Group (CSG), an important organisation in the Jewish community. I commend the coalition government for recognising the important work being done by this valuable organisation.
The CSG is a not-for-profit organisation and comprises a team of skilled and dedicated volunteers who are carefully selected and appropriately trained. The CSG works under the auspices of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. It exists to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish community in Victoria.
This group of extraordinarily dedicated volunteers assists in providing security advice and services to the Jewish community. The CSG actively protects schools, events and places of worship so that my constituents feel safe and secure.
These organisations would not be able to afford this service if they did not have the CSG to provide security. It is deeply unfortunate that security is required for the Jewish community at events and schools in my electorate and across Victoria, but over the past decade this need has certainly been substantiated. Not only is this work important to the Jewish community, it is of enormous benefit to the entire Victorian community. The CSG works closely with Victoria Police and other security agencies, and the assistance it provides and the flow of information from CSG to Victoria Police and other organisations is invaluable. Since it is a volunteer organisation catering for volunteers of all ages, it provides an excellent opportunity for my constituents to contribute to their community.
The organisation is also known for the opportunities it gives its members in terms of personal development and leadership skills.
The CSG also operates in many other electorates, including Albert Park, Bentleigh, Brighton, Burwood, Clayton, Doncaster, Hawthorn, Kew, Mordialloc and Prahran, and many of the members who represent those electorates are in the house tonight. Additionally it protects prominent events in the Melbourne CBD including the Zionist Council of Victoria and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria cocktail party, which will take place tomorrow night and which will be attended by many members from both sides of the house. For all of these reasons, I am delighted that during the election campaign we made this commitment, and I call on the minister to review this matter and to advise when the CSG and the Jewish community can expect to receive this funding.