Plan ensures a safe and healthy community
  • Friday 17 June 2016
ImageThe priority actions council and its partners will undertake over the next four years to contribute towards safer communities are outlined in the Sunshine Coast Community Safety Action Plan 2016-2020 endorsed yesterday.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said communities thrived when people were able to come together in safe, inviting public spaces.

The Sunshine Coast Community Safety Action Plan complements a number of other existing council policies, strategies and plans, local laws and state and federal legislation.

“Council’s role in community safety is integrated with other levels of government and it should be acknowledged the lead agency for crime prevention, detection and public order is the Queensland Police Service,” Cr McKay said.

“The Community Safety Action Plan delivers on council’s Corporate Plan commitment for a strong community and supporting an engaged, resilient and inclusive community that embraces diversity.

“A safe community is one in which all sectors of the community work together in a coordinated and collaborative way, forming partnerships to promote safety, manage risks, increase safety and reduce the fear of harm.

“The Sunshine Coast Community Safety Action Plan will focus on the delivery of actions through three priority areas - stronger, resilient and safer communities through partnerships; strong community safety messaging; and the delivery of safe spaces and places.

“The intent of the Action Plan is for council’s Community Safety Officer to complement existing networks and activities undertaken by council, lead agencies and the community, and to facilitate collaborative approaches and actions with a goal of creating a safer community.

“The implementation of the draft Action Plan over the next four years will require monitoring and review of the actions within the identified priority areas.

“This monitoring will take place annually through the evaluation of the effectiveness of community safety partnerships, the impact of strong community safety messaging, the perceptions of how safe people feel in the region’s public spaces and places and feedback from stakeholders and members of the community.”