Monash Community Safety Special Advisory Committee

Community Safety Taskforce

Council is working with Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Monash University on a new initiative to improve community safety and community perceptions of safety.

The Monash Community Safety Special Advisory Committee, Chaired by Dr Susan Alberti (AC), is exploring new, innovative approaches to community safety and will focus on tackling unrealistic perceptions of crime in Monash.

The Committee will work on a fixed term project of around six months (launched in November 2017) to develop an innovative and transformative approach to improve community safety and tackle the underlying causes that influence the community’s perception of community safety. It is important that the approach developed will communicate, engage and connect with our community in a meaningful way.

Council has played a central role in the design, management and delivery of crime prevention programs and policies over a number of years and will continue to do so. The increased concern around crime within our community deserves a concerted effort and an innovative approach to address both real and perceived problems.  

At its January 2018 meeting, Council resolved to re-name the Monash Community Safety Innovation Board (also known as the Monash Community Safety Taskforce) to the Monash Community Safety Special Advisory Committee, to reflect its role as an advisory committee to Council.

Mayor Paul Klisaris, Cr Josh Fergeus and Cr Rebecca Paterson are members of this committee.

Membership

Council representatives: 

  • Cr Paul Klisaris, Mayor
  • Cr Rebecca Paterson
  • Cr Josh Fergeus
  • Andi Diamond, CEO
  • Jo Roberston, Manager Communications
  • Colin Bostock, Coordinator Neighbourhoods and Place Making
  • Emily Halliburton, Social Researcher and Integrated Planner

External representatives:

  • Dr Susan Alberti AC, Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation - CHAIR
  • Inspector Paul Robotham, Monash Local Area Commander, Victoria Police
  • Mick McGinn, former Monash Local Area Commander, Victoria Police,
  • Richard Watkins, APM Superintendent, Eastern Region Division 1, Victoria Police
  • Gabrielle Levine, Regional Director, South East Metropolitan Region, Department of Justice
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, Associate Professor Criminology and Deputy Director for the Centre for Social and Population Research, Monash University

Enquiries: call Emily Halliburton, Social Researcher and Integrated Planner, on 9518 3056 or email Emily.Halliburton@monash.vic.gov.au.

Background

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.

Cr Josh Fergeus replaced Cr Lake on the committee in March 2018.

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 Strengthening, on 9518 3526.

You may also be interested in:

Fact Sheet about Community Safety in Monash (pdf, 302KB)

Monash's Community Safety Framework

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Last updated: 28 March 2018