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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 September 2014
6 SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 AUSTRALIA Tapinos sorry for CCTV delay Mayor Lambros Tapinos told Neos Kosmos he believed the Herald Sun has been run- ning a campaign against Moreland Council for the last few months that, as he believed, was linked to the council taking action against East West Link. In regards to the project, Cr Tapinos said the council was surprised at the complexity required to install cameras in their municipality. "The rollout of the cam- eras has been frustratingly slow, because of many lay- ers of permissions required from the power companies and from other owners of the light poles in the mu- nicipality." With Moreland Council not having an existing CCTV cameras program, Cr Tapi- nos said it didn't have the expertise to start the pro- ject. "We didn't have the skills set in our offices - we had to do some research, hire some consultants, to help us pre- pare the tender documents - and that occurred right through towards the latest stages of last year." Responding to Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle, who stated that in the same time Melbourne had installed nine cameras with the same funding and the same power providers, 'but with a will to stop crime', Cr Tapinos said Melbourne has had a CCTV system in place for years, making it unfair to compare the shorter time it has taken it to add other nine cameras to the network. In a letter from Minister for Crime Prevention Ed- ward O'Donohue, addressed to Mayor Tapinos on 8 Au- gust and seen by Neos Ko- smos, Minister O'Donohue wrote that although More- land Council subsequently agreed at its 12 June 2013 meeting that it would accept the funding offer, a project proposal was not provided to the Department of Justice's Community Crime Preven- tion Unit until 6 February 2014. This week, VicTrack and CitiPower confirmed to the Herald Sun that initial applications from More- land Council were received only in June and July this year. "I understand that coun- cil staff have advised the department that council is now aiming to have the infrastructure installed by the end of August 2014, but that this is dependent upon approval from third par- ties. Given the importance of this project to the local community, I am disappoint- ed at these continued delays nearly eighteen months af- ter the initial funding of- fer was made, and ask that council prioritise finalising the project works as expe- ditiously as possible," Min- ister O'Donohue wrote on 8 August. "We are disappointed with how long it has taken, and it is disappointing that a lot of it is out of control, hav- ing submitted requests to approve the installation and connection of the cameras in June/July," Cr Tapinos told Neos Kosmos. "The fact is - yes, there have been a lot of delays that we didn't anticipate, both inter- nal and external delays. Yes, it would have been prefer- able for the whole process to have been sped up, and oc- curred earlier, but one thing followed the other. "I'm happy to have my vot- ing records scrutinised, as my support for the CCTV cameras project, as well as for extra street lights and safety orders and the whole range of preventative pro- grams and awareness rais- ing programs like a White Ribbon and domestic vio- lence programs was always strong," he told Neos Kosmos. "Brunswick and Moreland are changing, and we need to be creating a safer environ- ment and community." Before Neos Kosmos went to print, according to May- or Tapinos, six of the nine CCTV cameras along Syd- ney Rd, Brunswick, were installed, with two more scheduled to be put up yes- terday, Friday. One more camera will be installed next Tuesday, but none is yet op- erational. "After all the cameras are installed and with the per- mission from Origin for billing and from CitiPower to connect the electricity to the cameras, we expect all the cameras to be up and fully operational before 17 October. "From the council perspec- tive it is very disappoint- ing that the process has been delayed. It is not good enough,” Cr Tapinos said. "I am sorry we have not been able to deliver this project on time. I will seek daily updates from officers and ensure the cameras are operational by the timeline given, if not before. This is the council's number one priority." CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The opposition to the planned visit to Australia of two Golden Dawn Members of the European Parliament grows by the day. This week, ten of the most influential trade unions in Australia co-signed the statement denouncing Gold- en Dawn which was signed earlier on this month, as was reported by Neos Kosmos, by the ACTU president Ged Kearney, the president of the Federation of Ethnic Commu- nities' Councils of Australia Joe Caputo, the president of the Greek Orthodox Commu- nity of Melbourne and Vic- toria Bill Papstergiadis and others. That statement was not signed by the Greek Or- thodox Archdioceses of Aus- tralia as was reported initial- ly, since the honorary secre- tary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council Nich- olas Pappas signed as an in- dividual. The Australian Unions wrote to the federal minister of Immigration and Border Protection this week stating that they endorse the state- ment which called on all Australians to unite and to demonstrate their detesta- tion of the message of hatred and violence being propagat- ed by Golden Dawn. The unions who join in the condemnation of Gold- en Dawn are the Australi- an Manufacturing Workers Union, the Australian Nurs- ing and Midwifery Federa- tion, the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association, the Communications Workers Unions, the Community and Public Sector Union, the Con- struction and General Divi- sion of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Ener- gy Union (CFMEU), the Mari- time Union of Australia, the National Tertiary Education Union, the National Union of Workers and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia. In the meantime, the Feder- ation of Greek Worker's Pro- gressive Associations of Aus- tralia, comprising ‘Democri- tus’ in Melbourne, ‘Atlas’ in Sydney, ‘Platon’ in Adelaide and ‘Socrates’ in Newcas- tle, with a public statement issued this week also con- demned the planned visit to Australia by ‘Golden Dawn’ Members of the European Parliament sometime next month, and called upon the federal government to refuse entry into Australia to the Golden Dawn MEPs. "We Greeks and Cypriot im- migrants have experienced and fought racism and dis- crimination. We do not for- get the racist attacks, threats and challenges faced for decades, by all immigrants in this country and in oth- er countries,” says amongst others the Federation of Greek Worker's Progressive Associations of Australia, which goes on to call upon communities, associations, federations, trade unions and other mass organisations in the country, to take action and not only not to allow the Golden Dawn Members of the European Parliament to set foot here in Australia but also to isolate politically their local representatives. Other organisations who came out publicly recently strongly condemning the planned visit to Australia by Golden Dawn representatives are the Greek Orthodox Com- munity of South Australia, the Panepirotic Federation of Australia and the Darebin Ethnic Communities’ Council in Melbourne. Condemnation of Golden Dawn continues Golden Dawn MEPs Georgios Epitideios and Eleftherios Synadinos are planning to visit Australia. Unions and more Greek Australian organisations denounce planned visit of GD MEPs to the Antipodes A research project in Mel- bourne is to explore how techniques used in freed- iving - a form of underwa- ter diving that relies on a swimmer's ability to hold their breath for an extended period - can be used as ef- fective treatment for anxiety disorders. And the study's organisers are looking for anyone who has suffered anxiety attacks to help them gauge how ef- fective such a treatment may be. Melbourne clinical psychol- ogist Peter Kyriakoulis and Swinburne University Pro- fessor Michael Kyrios, who are leading the research, are appealing for people who suffer from panic attacks to come forward. Mr Kyriakoulis told Neos Kosmos that volunteers who take part could help push the boundaries of knowledge on anxiety symptoms and their treatment, as well as gain valuable insights into their own disorder. "Individuals may well learn some potential strategies to manage their symptoms,” said Mr Kyriakoulis. "Participants will receive bi- ofeedback on heart and res- piration rates as part of the experimental study." In Australia, anxiety dis- orders affect around one in seven of the population, with women more frequently af- fected than men. To be undertaken over the next six months, the research project is targeting adults between the age of 18 and 55 who have suddenly felt frightened or anxious. Participating in the Victo- rian study involves an inter- view and undertaking some physical tasks which involve breath-holding. The research tests will take place at Swinburne Univer- sity in Hawthorn, with each session taking 90 minutes. Those interested in finding out more should contact Mr Kyriakoulis on 0429 998188 or volunteers can register on- line at www.positivepsychol- ogy.net.au Panic research seeks volunteers Clinical psychologist Peter Kyriakoulis. PHOTO SUPPLIED. 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