Campaigning for change

Public push for more details
Public push for more details

On Thursday, local woman Caroline Nowotny joined supporters of the Right to Feel Safe campaign and collected signatures at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

The campaign originated from a Facebook group, Move Offenders On, which attracted more than 1800 members in about a week. The campaign started in the northern suburbs of Perth.

Residents have collected more than 1000 signatures.

Petitioners said they wanted the State Government to make more information publicly available about the location and seriousness of offences when convicted offenders were released.

The petition calls for a current picture, a full name, a release date, postal code of residence and convictions of incarceration. It also calls for released sex offenders to have bail condition restrictions from attending facilities designed for families and children.

Ms Nowotny said people needed to be aware of the hundreds of sex offenders ‘amongst us’.

Last week, reports that sexual predator Patrick Comeagain had moved to a community south of Perth caused hysteria on social media. Facebook went into overdrive after a resident reported seeing Comeagain at shops.

Police said their role was to protect Comeagain and the members of the community.

A Department of Community Corrections spokesman said Comeagain was released into the community by the Supreme Court on a strict Supervision Order and he must comply with 43 conditions. DCC monitor Comeagain’s whereabouts and movements through GPS tracking.

‘The strict conditions set out by the Supreme Court for Comeagain’s release into the community under a Supervision Order include constant monitoring, random visits, drug and alcohol testing, curfews and reporting requirements,’ he said.

Comeagain’s address and location was suppressed by the Court and cannot be communicated to third parties.

The Community Protection Website, www.communityprotection.wa.gov.au, provides the public with information and photographs of sexual offenders.