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Community agencies will meet on August 2 to discuss safety issues in Whyalla

The City of Whyalla has set a date for the Safer Communities Forum.

Up to 40 community agencies will be invited to the forum on August 2 to discuss safety issues in Whyalla.

Representatives from groups such as the police, Council, elected members, youth workers, community groups, hospital, ambulance and emergency workers will be asked for their input on safety issues in Whyalla.

The forum was proposed by Councillor Tim Breuer at a recent Council meeting. It fits under the umbrella of Council’s existing Stamp Out Vandalism and Crime campaign and joins a motion by Councillor Tom Antonio to put a Stop, Care and Report campaign in place further encouraging residents to report incidents of vandalism.

The Stamp Out Vandalism and Crime Campaign, that involves council workers and community members reporting all incidents of vandalism to the police, has already had a win. With a streamlined reporting system put in place for police reports, it has resulted in $364,000 in Federal funding for lights and cameras in Civic Park.

“We are probably no different to any other community when it comes to the crime rate and incidents of vandalism,” Cr Tim Breuer said.

“We’ve had some recent incidents of crime and vandalism but this forum isn’t just about those, it is about finding out what our situation is and how we can go about putting things in place to address any problem areas.

“I’m pretty sure crime isn’t out of control in Whyalla.

“I know our police do a great job and it may be the case that crime has gone down in our city.

“If that is the case, we will look at measures to continue that trend and if there are areas of concern, this forum will identify them and we can then look, collectively, at action to rectify the situation.”

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