THE collaborative work to deliver Mandurah’s popular night time taxi rank was awarded highly commended at the Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Awards.
Members of the Mandurah Liquor Accord worked to provide a secure taxi rank on Mandurah Terrace, aimed at boosting the safety and security of taxi drivers and passengers with enhanced safety measures.
Since August 2013, the Mandurah Secured Night Time Taxi Rank Project has delivered CCTV installation, improved lighting for increased facial recognition, upgraded signage, water refill station installation in Smart Street Mall, setting up an additional taxi rank on Ormsby Terrace, taxi driver training, linking the existing CCTV system to existing CCTV network and a night time taxi rank security guard on Fridays and Saturdays.
The project helped deliver a decline in assault offences, robbery, damage and fare evasion.
Results included an increase in patrons from 168 in 2013 to 384 last year while in the years 2011-2013 and 2015-2017, fare evasions dropped from 244 to 101, robberies declined from 12 incidents to five, damage incidents dropped from 98 to 52 and assaults reduced from 100 to 73.
The City of Mandurah partnered with various organisations to implement the project including Mandurah Taxis, Black and White Taxis, the Brighton Hotel, the Rollercoaster Club (formerly Player’s Bar) and Norma Jeans Retro Bar (formerly the Toucan Night Club).
Mayor Rhys Williams said prior to the project, local incidents of anti-social behaviour against taxi drivers were at unacceptable levels.
“The Mandurah Liquor Accord has demonstrated that by working together, they have enhanced the safety in our entertainment area and this makes a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of taxi drivers and the community,” he said.
The City would llike to hear from interested licensed premises that might like to be involved in the Mandurah Liquor Accord.