Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - City of Baywater
THE City of Bayswater has brought a range of government and non-government agencies to address community safety and crime prevention strategies.

Among those attending were representatives from the WA Police Service, Neighbourhood Watch, Public Transport Authority, Drug and Alcohol Office, Nyoongar Patrol, Outcare, Salvation Army, resident groups, social and educational support bodies, the local business community and local politicians.

Facilitated by the Office of Crime Prevention, the community safety forum identified real issues facing the community, along with causes and possible solutions.

The forum followed on from a public meeting held in early 2009 where local residents and businesses raised concerns about various matters.

Through community consultation, several community priorities were identified for the forum, including anti-social behaviour, criminal damage (graffiti), loitering, social issues, other crime, drugs, litter, burglary and environmental design and management.

“This forum is a continuation of the City of Bayswater’s commitment to community safety and crime prevention and was designed to look at various preventative measures, and how, we as a community, can better protect ourselves,” Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said.

“While nine priorities served as a starting point, there was also an opportunity to raise other concerns for everyone to look at, while also exploring the underlying causes of the problem areas.

“The forum was aimed at everyone working together to develop real solutions to deal with the issues raised and clarifying what part of our community will take responsibility for developing and participating in their implementation.

“Round table discussions allowed people from different areas of expertise to share their knowledge to help develop solutions in a partnership approach.”

Mayor Kenyon said outcomes from the forum will be developed into a community safety and crime prevention plan, offering immediate, medium-term and long-term strategies.

“We wanted to identify issues specific to our community and possible planned responses from the people who can best implement them to help make our community a safer place to live and work,” he said.

Some of the solutions to be explored include a community safety plan, CCTV, a community services directory and working with other agencies on recreational facilities, drug and alcohol matters, working with offenders to prevent re-offending, after-school programs for children at risk, a forum for culturally-diverse people, harsher penalties, an increase in police and security and more education, among others.

Forum participants were then asked to indicate if they would become leaders, stakeholders or participants in these areas, to help improve partnerships to develop and implement the solutions further.

The community safety and crime prevention plan will now be drafted and then put forward for community consultation before being considered by council.

“The City of Bayswater is encouraged by the positive approach to community safety demonstrated by all participants and is looking forward to the ongoing commitment and participation by the community,” Mayor Kenyon said.


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communitysafety1-2: Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon, Jo Watson (Outcare), Deborah Costello (ICCWA), Louise Savage MLC and Bayswater Councillor Marlene Robinson working on solutions at the forum.

communitysafety3: of Crime Prevention strategic projects executive manager Bernie Durkin addressing the community safety forum.

communitysafety4: Participants work through issues and ideas at the community safety forum.

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The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923
W: www.bayswater.wa.gov.au

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WA, Bayswater, Perth, Western Australia, crime prevention, community safety, police, anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, graffiti, loitering, social issues, other crime, drugs, litter, burglary

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