Macedon Ranges Shire Council would like to recognise and thank residents who attended Wednesday 24 February’s community forum, hosted by Victoria Police, at the Romsey Mechanics Institute.
Hearing from residents, community groups, and community members of all ages, has shown that a combined Council, Police and community approach will be essential when tackling the multi-faceted issues raised.
Council recognises the need for ongoing communication with the people of Romsey, providing updates as well as chances to hear concerns and feedback. This is a highly engaged community who are coming together to express their concerns and find possible solutions.
Council will work with Victoria Police to provide additional opportunities like Wednesday’s forum for community discussion and input.
The forum has shown that giving space for young people to voice their concerns and advocate for changes that are meaningful to them is a crucial part of the conversation.
While it can be easy to group young people in the ‘youth’ catch-all, there are a range of different needs of the young people in Romsey based on interests and age.
Council plans to further engage with the young people of Romsey via an ideas workshop to hear directly from them about what they want to see. Input will be sought face-to- face and via social media.
Council recognises that while it is vital to provide services and opportunities for young people in Romsey, it is also important to explore transport solutions that enable young people who cannot drive to socialise with their peers and access services across the shire.
While Covid-19 restrictions impacted Council’s ability to deliver some youth programs throughout 2020, Council is currently ramping up its youth offering. For current opportunities visit the Council’s Youth page.
Council maintains CCTV cameras and willingly provides footage to Victoria Police. Although CCTV signage is frequently targeted by vandals and removed, the cameras remain active. Council is in the process of installing more CCTV signage and investigating opportunities for additional cameras.
Council contractors clean and inspect facilities every morning and evening Monday to Friday, and Security Patrol Officers visit Lions Park Reserve Romsey and Romsey Skate Park to close the toilets on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Council would like to remind the community to please call 000 for police attendance or in the case of emergency or contact the non-emergency police line on 131 444.
Please contact Macedon Ranges Shire Council at (03) 5422 0333 to report facilities damage or suspected breaches of the Local Law.