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  1. 1. Safer Communities For All October 19 2009 Kate Waters Senior Health and Social Planner
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction to Local Government </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Safe Communities through Building Community Harmony </li></ul><ul><li>Safety through Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Rooming Houses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Local Government Context <ul><li>Federal, State and Local Governments </li></ul><ul><li>79 local governments in Victoria, each one is different </li></ul><ul><li>Maribyrnong City Council is made up of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Wellbeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Developments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Services </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. A bit about the City of Maribyrnong… <ul><li>31.2km ² - 9 suburbs </li></ul><ul><li>67,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Smallest & most densely populated LGA in metro Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>38.9% born overseas </li></ul><ul><li>43% speak a language other than English </li></ul>
  5. 5. Safer Communities Policy and Action Plan <ul><li>“Council recognises the right to safety for all community members. Whether people are young or old, rich or poor, homeless or housed; whatever her or his ability, culture, linguistic or socio-economic status, each person has a right to enjoy a life free of fear or threat of injury.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Community Harmony <ul><li>Community harmony and cultural diversity are promoted and celebrated through a range of community events and festivals. </li></ul><ul><li>Council has a range of community facilities that are accessible for all </li></ul>
  7. 7. Council Facilities <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Community Centres </li></ul><ul><li>Phoenix Youth Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre </li></ul>
  8. 8. Festivals and Events <ul><li>Community Safety Month </li></ul><ul><li>Western Harmony Train </li></ul><ul><li>Dilwali Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Diversity Week </li></ul><ul><li>NAIDCO Week </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Week </li></ul>
  9. 9. Festivals and Events <ul><li>Community Safety Month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every October, a range of community safety activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Western Harmony Train </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prompted by Council as a public show of support for multiculturalism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dilwali in the West – Festival of Lights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrated by Indians of all faiths, signifying the triumph of good over evil </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Partnership to Safety <ul><li>Police – Indian Western Reference Group </li></ul><ul><li>Established in January by the Police in response to the increasing violence involving international students. </li></ul><ul><li>Maribyrnong Safety Taskforce </li></ul><ul><li>To identify community safety issues and coordinate action to improve community safety. </li></ul><ul><li>Maribyrnong Preventing Family Violence Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>Network of service providers and health promotion workers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Planning for Safety <ul><li>The design of the physical environment can impact on community perceptions of safety and can play a role in crime prevention. </li></ul><ul><li>Developers, Urban Planners and Open Space Planners play a vital role in planning safe communities. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Planning for Safety <ul><li>Surveillance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximising visibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access, movement and sightlines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good movement, connections and access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximise activity in public spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ownership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defined private and public space responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Managements and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure public spaces are attractive and well maintained </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Housing Considerations <ul><li>Register and inspect rooming housing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smoke alarms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fire sprinkle system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provision of facilities, maintenance and cleanliness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous reporting to Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registered list of rooming houses on Council website </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Kate Waters Senior Health and Social Planner 9688 0127 [email_address]