Community has its say on safety plan

A new plan to improve awareness of and participation in community crime and safety initiatives has been developed thanks to feedback obtained from the City of Karratha’s Community Safety Survey conducted earlier this year.

The plan will focus on creating safe and well maintained public spaces, strengthening partnerships to deliver safer community outcomes, increasing public awareness of safety initiatives and encouraging direct action from the community.

The Cleansweep Taskforce has also been renamed the Safer Communities Partnership to reflect the changes and renewed push to promote crime and safety initiatives within the City of Karratha.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan 2015-2018 will build on the successes of the Cleansweep Taskforce and further enhance our community as a safe and desirable place to live.

“The Cleansweep Taskforce was initially formed back in 2010 in response to community feedback that showed that issues such as litter and graffiti were a high priority for our community,” Cr Long said.

“Since then the City has been extremely successful in reducing these issues by improving services such as regular graffiti removal and litter picking as well as programs like the Roebourne Basketball Art project and community clean-up initiatives.” 

“What was clear from the Community Safety Survey is that while these issues are still important to the community, the priorities have shifted, with crime and safety now seen as key issues within the community.”

“The Safer Communities Partnership Strategic Plan aims to address this shift and continue to improve community safety and crime prevention outcomes across all of our towns.”

The Safer Communities Partnership is a joint initiative between the City of Karratha, WA Police, Rio Tinto and the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project and now includes representatives from the Housing Authority.

 Simon Millward was the winner of the Community Safety Survey random prize draw presented by Mayor Peter Long.

Simon Millward was the winner of the Community Safety Survey random prize draw presented by Mayor Peter Long.