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  • Bunbury Community Safety & Crime Prevention Program

    2015-2020 CSCP Action Plan

    In partnership with

  • Acknowledgement

    The City of Bunbury would like to acknowledge the large number of organisations that significantly contribute to community safety and crime prevention in our City. This plan does not incorporate the wide range of activities undertaken as core daily business. Rather, it presents initiatives that are new or enhanced, where partnerships are critical, and that are a key to the current needs of the community.

    Acronyms and Abbreviations used in this Action Plan

    ADIS Alcohol & Drug Information Service DRGL Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor

    AOD Alcohol & Other Drugs CLS&EM Community Law, Safety & Emergency Mgt.

    AODM Alcohol & Other Drugs Management EH Environmental Health

    AODMP Alcohol & Other Drugs Management Plan EHM Environmental Health Manager

    BAA Bunbury Alcohol Accord ELT Executive Leadership Team

    CD Collection District IRSD Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage

    CBD Central Business District JJT Juvenile Justice Team

    COB City of Bunbury KM Knowledge Management

    BCCI Bunbury Chamber of Commerce & Industries MOU Memorandum of Understanding

    CCTV Closed Circuit Television NHW Neighbourhood Watch

    CPTED Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design PCYC Police & Citizens Youth Club

    CPTEDM CPTED (as above) & Management NHW Neighbourhood Watch

    CSCP Community Safety & Crime Prevention PCYC Police & Citizens Youth Club

    CSO Community Safety Officer NHW Neighbourhood Watch

    DCS Department of Corrective Services WACHS-SW WA Country Health Service-South West

    DAO Drug & Alcohol Officer WASUA WA Substance Users Association

  • Contents

    A message from the Mayor ............................................................................................... 1

    A essage from the South West District Police Superintendent ........................................... 1

    About Bunbury ................................................................................................................. 2

    Why the City of Bunbury has a CSCP Program ................................................................... 2

    Strategic alignment with Bunbury 2030 ............................................................................ 3

    Alignment with the City of Bunbury Public Health Plan ..................................................... 3

    How the CSCP Program is managed .................................................................................. 4

    How this Action Plan was developed ................................................................................ 4

    The Citys vision for a safer community ............................................................................. 6

    The mission of the CSCP Program...................................................................................... 6

    The CSCP Program Goals ................................................................................................... 6

    The 2015-2020 Action Plan at a glance .............................................................................. 8

    Initiatives under Goal 1: CPTEDM ..................................................................................... 9

    Initiatives under Goal 2: Preventing and Reducing Crime ................................................ 12

    Initiatives under Goal 3: Reducing Harmful Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs .................... 14

    Initiatives under Goal 4: Breaking Cycles, Building Futures .............................................. 19

    Initiatives under Goal 5: Organisational Integration & Capability .................................... 22

    A profile of crime and safety in Bunbury ......................................................................... 23

    Alcohol consumption and illicit drug use in Bunbury ....................................................... 24

    Community feedback...................................................................................................... 26

    Evaluating the Action Plan .............................................................................................. 28

    Contact .......................................................................................................................... 28

    References ..................................................................................................................... 29

  • CSCP Action Plan 2015-2020

    Bunbury Community Safety & Crime Prevention Program 1

    A message from the Mayor It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Bunbury Community Safety & Crime Prevention (CSCP) Plan on behalf of the City of Bunbury and our partners. Through our Bunbury 2030 Plan the City has committed to the enhancement of community wellbeing and the quality of life for the people who live and work in Bunbury. To compliment this, the CSCP Plan sets out a number of activities that our community will work on together to further improve our community safety. Our focus is the premise that community safety is indeed, everybodys business. No single agency can make a difference in isolation. I am delighted the City and our officers enjoy a proactive and highly professional relationship with the WA Police, WA Country Health Service, Department of Education and Training, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Housing and Works, other key partners and their dedicated officers. I thank them for their important role in ensuring community safety and crime prevention. We have conducted a number of community participation processes over the past 3-5 years and have heard the needs of our community. We have also paid attention to the importance of an evidence-based approach to community safety and crime prevention.

    A message from the South West District Police Superintendent South West District Police are committed to reducing crime, focusing on drug detection, enhancing our road policing response and improving community safety both across the South West and within the greater Bunbury area. Since January 2013, South West District Police have forged a strong partnership with the City of Bunbury and a range of key government and non-government stakeholders, which, in partnership with community members, has greatly assisted to significantly reduce crime and to progressively remove the scourge of drugs from our streets. Community information resulting in targeted police operations, coupled with the assistance of key partners including the City of Bunbury over the 2013/2014 financial year realized a 12.9% reduction in reported crime and a 32% increase in drug seizures across the South West when compared against the previous years figures. These results are testament to the level of commitment police and partner agencies such as the City of Bunbury have towards creating a safer and more secure environment for communities both in Bunbury and across the South West. I am very pleased to support the CSCP, which highlights a number of activities the community can work on to further improve community safety and to assist in reducing crime. I especially commend the City of Bunbury for the CCTV initiative outlined in the CSCP, which will undoubtedly assist in keeping our streets safer and identifying instances of crime and anti-social behavior both in the Bunbury CBD and surrounding suburbs.

    Gary Brennan MAYOR OF BUNBURY

    Peter Hatch SOUTH WEST DISTRICT

    SUPERINTENDENT WA POLICE

  • CSCP Action Plan 2015-2020

    Bunbury Community Safety & Crime Prevention Program 2

    About Bunbury Bunbury is the second largest major City in Western Australia outside of the Perth Metropolitan area. It is located 187km south of Perth and, as the focal point of the Greater Bunbury Area, contributes significantly to the economy of Western Australia and the Nation as a whole. The South West region has diverse social and economic history and supports a unique array of natural resources, complex biodiversity and attractive agricultural and tourism landscapes. Bunbury plays an important role in the States South West, providing key infrastructure such as the Bunbury Port and major police, health and education facilities. Its proximity to Perth, major mining employment opportunities and tourist attractions makes Bunbury a prominent strategic centre. In addition, Bunbury is also recognised as the economic, sports, arts and entertainment hub of the State's South West Region. The CBD hosts the region's major public and private sector administration centres and has a thriving cafe strip and a number of shopping centres.

    Bunbury's Local Government Area (LGA) is relatively small comprising just 65.7 square meters and a population of 31,348. However the City of Bunbury also services the Greater Bunbury Urban Area which is made up of a far larger population of around 85,000 people. On any given business day, over 65% of the people in Bunbury will be residents from other Shires, especially Dardanup, Capel and Harvey. In fact, the populations of Dardanup, Capel and Harvey are growing at such a high rate that the Bunbury Urban Area is recognised as one of the fastest growing regions in the country (City of Bunbury, n.d.).

    In the next 10 years, the population of Greater Bunbury is expected to increase to more than 140,000. The Greater Bunbury Strategy 2013 proposes that the Bunbury CBD be protected and recognised as the regional centre for the South West Region, and that its revitalisation should be facilitated (Department of