Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Dardanup plans to tackle crime

    18/11/2005 12:00 AM

    The Gallop Government has provided the Shire of Dardanup with a $22,000 grant to implement a community safety and crime prevention plan, South-West Minister Mark McGowan announced today.

    Mr McGowan, who was representing Community Safety Minister Michelle Roberts, said the plan aimed to reduce anti-social behaviour, increase fire risk awareness, support seniors’ through safe access to services and facilities, and address the fear and perception of crime.

    “One of the key priorities in the plan is to undertake a safety audit of public lighting,” he said.

    “Another important objective is to align town planning with crime prevention through environmental design.”

    The Minister congratulated the Shire of Dardanup for taking a lead role in the development of the plan and working together with families, schools, community groups and agencies to identify local crime issues and implement new initiatives to reduce opportunities for crime.

    “It is very pleasing to see local government taking a lead role in addressing community safety and crime prevention in the local community,” Mr McGowan said.

    “Local government is in the best position to work closely with their community to identify the fundamental causes of local crime, determine ways to improve community safety and tailor the most effective solutions.”

    The public lighting safety audit will be carried out on all public open spaces, council buildings, car parks and street lighting in Eaton, Burekup and Dardanup. The audit will assess the coverage of light, numbers and height, etc, with recommendations to improve safety and discourage anti-social behaviour in these areas.

    Mr McGowan also congratulated the Shire of Dardanup on being the first council within the South-West region to have completed their plan.

    “Partnerships like this demonstrate that State and local governments can work together to tackle a whole range of community safety and crime issues,” he said.

    “To date almost 70 local governments have established partnership agreements with the State and more than $1million in grants is being made available to local government for programs that aim to prevent or reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve safety and security, and reduce the fear of crime.”

    The Gallop Government is working to improve the quality of services to all Western Australians, no matter where they live.

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