THE safety and security of local businesses is at the forefront of a new initiative being driven by the City of Melville.
The City is on the hunt for 12 members to join the new Business Community Reference Group (BCRG), which will help the council design and implement a new safety project.
The aim is to secure representation from a range of industries and business types, ensuring all angles are covered, meetings are attended and community discussion remains engaging.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said a 2016 survey revealed businesses were less happy with safety and security than local residents.
“Statistics also tell us that household and business crimes account for 87 pre cent of all crime across the City,” he said.
“While everyone contributes towards a safer Melville – whether it be in your street, suburb or neighbourhood – the City plays a leadership role in working towards a safe and secure community.
“Through the Business Safety Project we hope to be able to identify and address safety concerns of our local businesses.”
The expression of interest period is open until Friday, February 16.
The City will reveal successful applicants a week later, with the first reference group meeting scheduled for March 6.
For more information visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/business-safety.