City of Swan to gauge Ellenbrook and The Vines residents about extending security patrols into Aveley

City of Swan to gauge Ellenbrook and The Vines residents about extending security patrols into Aveley

THE City of Swan is working with residents in Ellenbrook and The Vines on whether security patrols should continue and be extended to include Aveley.

The 24-hour patrols, which were established at the request of the residents, have been funded by property developers and owners through a charge levied with property rates.

However, the developer contribution ended and the patrols will now be solely funded through property rates if they continue.

Swan Mayor David Lucas said the City had held an extensive postal survey to gauge support for the patrols.

“The City sent out more than 15,500 surveys to assess whether the community thought the service was beneficial and wanted it to continue or be extended to Aveley, particularly if it would mean a slight increase in their rates,” he said.

“We received a great response from all three communities, with a majority of respondents from Aveley saying the service wasn’t needed in their area.

“However, the results from Ellenbrook and The Vines were mixed.”

The survey showed that close to 65 per cent of respondents from The Vines wanted the service to continue, while just more than 50 per cent of Ellenbrook respondents wanted it to continue in their area.

Cr Cate McCullough said due to the results being so close, the City was putting out one last call for residents to have their say so the council had all the information it needed before making a decision.

“I would encourage people to contact one of their local councillors and let them know their view or register to make a deputation at the City’s next agenda forum on March 7,” she said.

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