Monash Community Safety Innovation Board

Council is working with Victoria Police and other bodies on a new initiative to improve community safety and community perceptions of safety.

At its February 2017 meeting, Council resolved to establish the Monash Community Safety Innovation Board, whose members will include two senior representatives of Victoria Police, senior representatives of the Department of Justice and Monash University, and from Council: Mayor Rebecca Paterson, Cr Geoff Lake and CEO Andi Diamond.

Here is the report which Council endorsed at its 28 February 2017 meeting, resulting in the establishment of the Board: Tackling Community Safety  (PDF, 125KB)

The initiative has been prompted by many residents saying that they don’t feel safe in the local community. Yet, Monash is generally a safe place to live. For example, Monash has the 68th lowest number of reported violent offences of Melbourne’s 79 local government areas and the 67th lowest number of reported drug offences. Despite these statistics, many local people are fearful of crime and this is affecting their quality of life.

The Board will spend about six months researching the issues and developing recommendations for an innovative approach which improves safety on-the-ground while also tackling unfounded fears.

Enquiries: Fee Harrison, Manager - Community Planning & Development, on 9518 3526.

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Last updated: 16 March 2017