Plan adopted for new community safety strategy

Brimbank City Council has adopted a new Safe and Inclusive Brimbank 2020-2024 strategy to promote and support community safety in Brimbank.

The new strategy sets out Council’s role and approach to improving community safety. It recognises that all levels of government, Victoria Police and the wider community – residents, businesses, and service providers – have a role to play.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Georgina Papafotiou said we know that community safety is a priority for Brimbank residents as well as for Council.

‘We want all Brimbank residents to feel safe and confident in our community and have delivered a strategy that reflects our vision for Brimbank as a safe and connected community.

‘The strategy is focused on social inclusion, cohesion and harmony, and how this plays a major role in preventing crime and supporting safe and inclusive communities.

‘It recognises that a community that is welcoming, connected and celebrates diversity will be a safer and more inclusive place for people to live and work.

‘Safety is fundamental to creating the kind of community that we all want, and deserve to belong to.

‘The strategy supports Council’s goals of creating a liveable and inclusive community, with safer neighbourhoods where people are proud of where they live and have access to great, well-maintained public facilities,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

The strategy focuses on key priority areas including building stronger communities, creating safer streets and public spaces and working closely with key organisations to promote community safety in Brimbank.

Council has had a long-standing commitment to community safety with a strategic focus since 2004. The vision is for Brimbank to be a welcoming and diverse community where people feel safe, included and able to contribute and participate.

Council has taken a comprehensive process to inform the development of the new strategy including extensive community and stakeholder engagement, analysis of community safety trends, and feedback received through community and stakeholder consultation.

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