MANDURAH Mayor Rhys Williams listed five priorities to improve safety in Mandurah at a City Safety Leadership Meeting last night.
“I am calling on government to take immediate action and support a number of key initiatives that will address the escalating crime and antisocial behaviour in Mandurah,” he said.
“Action is needed to ensure we address these challenges.
“After extensive work with local businesses and community groups, as well as exploring what is being done in other communities across the country, we’re asking for a firm commitment from the Government on five key commitments as a starting point.”
Cr Williams called for:
1/ WA Police Force Mental Health Co-Response in Mandurah as a priority (additional resourcing).
2/ A commitment to a trial of intensive outreach services to those who are the hardest to assist.
3/ Proactive patrolling by Police in the City Centre during the day and night for an extended period.
4/ Improved connection between Police and City Security and a commitment to seek Prohibitive Behaviour Order or Misconduct Restraining Order for individuals who are committing crimes or displaying serious antisocial behaviour on a regular basis banning them from the area.
5/ Increased access to drug treatment services.
Cr Williams made the request at a meeting at the Brighton Hotel attended by Police Minister Michelle Roberts, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, City of Mandurah representatives, Peel Chamber of Commerce & Industry general manager Andrew McKerrell and members of the community.
Cr Williams said while crime levels in Mandurah were consistent with the rest of the State, antisocial behaviour in central Mandurah was counteracting the “vibe” council was trying to create.
“Crime in the city centre is different because it makes such a big difference,” he said.
“We are undermined by this constant headache.”
Cr Williams said the City was about to launch a tourism brand and had economic diversification plans. Investment is being made on redeveloping the Smart Street Mall and the foreshore.
“But all these efforts will be undermined by crime in the city centre,” he said.
“Our plans are under threat if we don’t tackle the crime.”
Cr Williams is confident his priorities will be implemented.
“Already the Deputy Commissioner of Police has committed to additional resources and an increased police presence in the city centre,” he said.
“This will be over summer and peak periods.”