Wollongong City Council is conducting a survey to determine when and where they city’s residents feel unsafe. This includes recent issues plaguing the Northern Illawarra including property and vehicle theft.
Council is encouraging people to share their experiences ahead of the establishment of a new Community Safety Plan 2021-2025.
Information collected through the survey will be used by Council to focus on developing strategies that will make people feel safer, be safer and hopefully, reduce crime.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM says as a result of the last survey in 2017, Council developed and implemented projects that focus on reducing anti-social behaviour, theft from cars and graffiti across Wollongong.
“We currently have a community safety plan which will expire at the end of this year,” says Councillor Bradbery. “By having people share their experiences and where they feel unsafe, we’re able to better pinpoint where additional safety programs or initiatives are needed.’’
Council will hold public information stands and a survey will be available on Council’s website throughout March.
Council will also work in conjunction with NSW Police to ensure the Community Safety Plan is informed by the data that NSW Police gather from their safety initiatives.
The short survey will run from 2 to 30 March on council’s website.
Council staff will be available at community information stands to talk with community members and gather details on safety. The information stands will be held at:
- Corrimal Lederer Shopping Centre, Tuesday 3 March, 10am to 12pm
- Crown Street Mall Wollongong, Friday 13 March, 11.30am to 1.30pm
- Warrawong Plaza, Tuesday 17 March, 10am to 12pm
- Dapto Mall Shopping Centre, Thursday 19 March,10am to 12pm
- Unanderra Community Centre, Wednesday 25 March, 12pm to 1.30pm