St Kilda Esplanade Incident (14.12.2017)
Written on the 14 December 2017
14 December 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Police, and it relates to a very disturbing situation that occurred last night on the St Kilda Esplanade. It is reported and I have also spoken to people down in the St Kilda area that there were hundreds of youths of various ages who went on a very destructive, dangerous and violent riot across various parts of the St Kilda Esplanade, during which they were allegedly bashing and robbing tourists as they were brawling along the foreshore through the early hours, after it had started earlier in the evening.
The police were obviously called and are trying to deal with this dreadful circumstance, but I think it just demonstrates that despite all the government's rhetoric of today, this city and this state are seriously gripped by some very violent and shocking crimes. I think these crimes that were committed last night by these young people are far from acceptable and should not be tolerated in any form. These are crimes that have been committed, and they have been committing them for well over a year, I am told or close to a year.This is of great concern to the businesses and the traders down there who are worried about their businesses, who are worried about their patrons and who are fearing for own their safety.
One of the traders told me this evening that he has never been so fearful and that he is very concerned for his legitimate business. This area is a very big and well-known tourist destination for Melbourne and Victoria. It is quite an iconic area, obviously, down in St Kilda. I think this needs to be called out for what it is. It is a complete and utter disgrace that we have these rampaging young people doing this on a regular basis.
When I spoke to this person this evening he said:
"They come down on a regular basis when it is 28 degrees or above."
Minister, it is going to be 34 degrees on Monday.
What protections are you going to put in place for the traders, for the legitimate businesses, for the tourists and for those people who should be able to go about their business enjoying this wonderful city without having to deal with these violent, ugly, brazen, serious crimes being committed against dozens and dozens of people?