Hendy Cowan

Hendy Cowan


    Northbridge safety focus

    27/12/2000 4:48 PM

    The State Government is supporting initiatives to ensure Northbridge - Perth’s premier entertainment district - is a safer and more secure place.

    Deputy Premier and co-chair of the Cabinet Standing Committee on Law and Order, Hendy Cowan, said senior Government officer Mr Jack Busch had been appointed to develop an action plan for Northbridge.

    Mr Cowan said that Mr Busch would consult widely and work closely with local government authorities, Northbridge residents, business owners and operators, workers, visitors and relevant State Government agencies.

    “I have met with Perth Lord Mayor Dr Peter Nattrass and Town of Vincent Mayor John Hyde to discuss the development and implementation of a combined strategy, between the State Government, City of Perth and Town of Vincent, to improve community safety and security in Northbridge,” Mr Cowan said.

    “At the meeting it was agreed that a co-operative approach by the State Government, the City of Perth and the Town of Vincent would be more effective.

    ”Northbridge is an exciting place for entertainment, and reflects a rich and vibrant multicultural flavour.

    “We want to build on these qualities, and enhance the community’s experience of a safe, exciting and vibrant entertainment precinct.”

    In addition, Mr Busch’s consultations will explore issues relating to urban design, how each component of Northbridge interacts with the other, traffic management, service delivery, public transport, young people and families.

    Mr Cowan said his meeting with Dr Nattrass and Councillor Hyde followed a recommendation by the SAFER WA Council to ensure the highest level of support and understanding of the particular problems facing Northbridge.

    “Our combined desire to make Northbridge a safer place is an example of SAFER WA in action,” Mr Cowan said.

    “SAFER WA is about local solutions for local problems.

    “It is also about working together to build a safe and secure environment for all Western Australians.”

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