City of Bayswater council to consider hosting community safety, homelessness and begging forums

Maylands town centre. Picture: Kristie Lim
Maylands town centre. Picture: Kristie Lim

BAYSWATER council will reconsider hosting community safety, homelessness and begging forums in conjunction with WA Police and support services at its December 12 council meeting.

At the November 14 council meeting, councillor Elli Petersen-Pik proposed his notice of motion for the City to hold forums, release a discussion paper before the forums to educate the community and prepare a report to the council after the forums about the formation of an ongoing committee.

That motion was lost before councillors voted 7-3 to defer the motion to allow the City to investigate the issues further, with deputy mayor Chris Cornish, Cr Filomena Piffaretti and Cr Petersen-Pik voting against.

Cr Petersen-Pik said there was ongoing community interest and concern around issues related to crime and anti-social behaviour in all wards.

“I think improving the sense of safety of residents should be a high priority for our City,” he said.

“Hopefully businesses and residents can learn more about what can be done to help the vulnerable people in our communities.

“I should clarify that homelessness and begging are not primarily a safety issue and we should make sure that they are clearly separated from the crime prevention topics.”

Cr Sally Palmer said the proposed forums should include schools and senior charitable institutions that were involved in Bayswater and Perth.

Cr Barry McKenna said he supported the idea of having a forum but he did not want a “one forum suits all” concept because each ward had different issues and police stations.

The City previously had a Community Safety Advisory Committee from October 2015 to May 2016, which provided advice in forming the City’s first Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan.

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