Working group to tackle anti-social behaviour

Progress Street in Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim
Progress Street in Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim

BAYSWATER Council and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson will form a working group to reduce anti-social behaviour in Morley.

The council unanimously supported Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish’s motion at its July 9 meeting to form a group to discuss actions that could be taken in the commercial precinct.

Central ward councillors Cornish, Sally Palmer and Barry McKenna will form part of the group, with other State Parliament members, City of Bayswater officers, WA Police, Galleria shopping centre and Coventry Village set to be approached to join.

According to an officer’s report, there have been 1556 offences reported to police in this financial year, which represents a 28 per cent decrease from the previous year.

The City addresses anti-social behaviour through place management, regular engagement with Morley businesses to identify crime and safety issues and regular security and ranger patrols.

Bayswater Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish.

Cr Cornish said it was important for visitors and businesses to experience a “safe environment” in Morley.

“A number of people have raised concerns to me about anti-social behaviour, and these concerns will now be investigated by the working group and various strategies to combat this behaviour will be assessed,” he said.

“Anti-social behaviour can take many forms, from public fighting to dumping trolleys in the vicinity of the bus station.

“I welcome any concerned business in Morley, or visitor, to make contact with me and share any concerns they may have.”

Ms Sanderson said State and local governments needed to work with Galleria and local businesses to address anti-social issues on Bishop and Progress streets.

“There is no silver bullet, but if we work together we can achieve a better outcome for the community and provide a better experience for people coming into Morley,” she said.

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