AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Crime Prevention Working Group

 

 

 

To be held on
Monday

24 February 2020

AT 1.00pm

 

 

 

Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets,
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
PO Box 20, Wagga Wagga

 

Phone: 1300 292 442
Fax: 02 6926 9199
Website:
www.wagga.nsw.gov.au


Reports submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group to be held on Monday 24 February 2020.

Crime Prevention Working Group AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Monday 24 February 2020

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                            PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                          2

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                 2

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1           Crime Prevention Working Group - 25 November 2019               2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST                                                                                    2

PRESENTATION                                                                                                           2

PRESENTATION FROM JYE RYAN – MISSION AUSTRALIA

Reports

RP-1            PEDESTRIAN LANEWAY CLOSURE PETITION - BANDERA AVENUE, GLENFIELD PARK                                                                                                                  3

RP-2            Priorities for consideration for the Crime Prevention Working Group                                                                                                                  8

RP-3            Report from Department of Communities and jutice on abandoned social housing properties                                                             29

GENERAL BUSINESS/AROUND THE TABLE                                                                

ITEM 1           FREQUENCY AND TIMING OF MEETINGS                                             33

ITEM 2           WORKING GROUP MEMBERS – AROUND THE TABLE                         33

ITEM 3           WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL AREA COMMAND                                         33      


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

 

CM-1              Crime Prevention Working Group - 25 November 2019       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Crime Prevention Working Group Meeting held on 25 November 2019 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Crime Prevention Working Group Minutes - 25 November 2019

34

 

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

 

 

PRESENTATION                                                                                                       

Presentation on Youth On Track, from Jye Ryan, Program Manager– Mission Australia


Report submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group on Monday 24 February 2020

RP-1

 

Reports

RP-1               PEDESTRIAN LANEWAY CLOSURE PETITION - BANDERA AVENUE, GLENFIELD PARK

Author:         Dianne Wright 

Director:       Michael Keys

         

 

Summary:

Council has received a letter and petition requesting closure of a pedestrian laneway in Bandera Avenue, Glenfield Park

 

 

Recommendation

That the Crime Prevention Working Group;

a       note the receipt of the petition for closure of the pedestrian laneway in Bandera Place, Glenfield Park

b       defer any decision concerning closure of the pedestrian laneway until the full laneway review report is completed for 25 May 2020

c        receive information in the report in b) that considers physical treatments to address crime and antisocial activities 

 

Report

Council has received a letter (attached) and petition containing 28 signatures requesting the closure of a pedestrian laneway located between 13 and 15 Bandera Avenue, Glenfield Park.

 

 

The reason for the request is crime, antisocial activity, and safety and security concerns of the local community.

 

The laneway is five metres wide by 37.5 metres long and was created upon registration of DP 258384 in July 1978. Accordingly, the laneway has the legal status of a public road.

 

The laneway connects Bandera Avenue to a public reserve off Jannali Place and thereafter to another pedestrian laneway connecting Jannali Place to Melkin Avenue and Undurra Drive. A three  metre wide concrete path has been constructed along the length of the laneway, and Council stormwater infrastructure is located at the eastern end of the parcel in the Jannali Place reserve.

 

Council as the roads authority has the power to control access to the laneway by physical means, or undertake a process of legal closure.

 

The following consultation has been undertaken in relation to this request.

 

Physical Inspection

The laneway is relatively short, light, open and with good visibility at both ends. There is no graffiti or vandalism present (see photos below).

NSW Police

NSW Police report that crime incidents in close proximity to the laneway have declined since 2017. Two reports of incidents involving rock throwing/ assault against one particular residence were received in 2019.

Family & Community Services

No objection to closure.

Council Sewer & Stormwater Operations

Not opposed to closure. No sewer or stormwater assets are present in the laneway. The laneway is not part of the overland flow network. 

Council Parks Operations

Not opposed to closure.

Council Parks Strategic

Not supportive of closure due to laneways role in providing an off-road pedestrian route to Southcity Shopping Centre via a connected network of laneways and reserves.

 

 

Pedestian laneway viewed from Bandera Avenue looking east

 

 

Pedestrian laneway viewed from Jannali Place / Jannali Reserve looking west

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

The Roads Act 1993

 

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Safe and Healthy Community

Objective: We are safe

Outcome: We promote safety and safe behaviours

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

Consistency of response to laneway closure requests. Implications for legitimate users of the pedestrian laneway network in local communities

Internal / External Consultation

NSW Police Service

NSW Family & Community Services

Council Operations (Parks & Sewer)

City Strategy (Parks Strategic)

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Location Map - Bandera Avenue, Glenfield Park

 

  


Report submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group on Monday 24 February 2020

RP-1

 


Report submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group on Monday 24 February 2020

RP-2

 

RP-2               Priorities for consideration for the Crime Prevention Working Group

Author:         Lisa Saffery 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

This report has been compiled following a request for Council staff to provide the Crime Prevention Working Group with priorities for consideration out of the current adopted Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Plan 2017-2021.

 

 

Recommendation

That the Crime Prevention Working Group:

a      receive and note the report

b    focus on the three identified priority areas of which align with Council’s adopted Crime Prevention Plan 2017-2021 being:

 

i         Priority 1 – Neighbourhood and home security

ii        Domestic Violence

iii       Youth Crime

 

c    invite representatives from NSW Department of Communities and Justice to present at the next crime prevention working group meeting on the new

       Re-offending Prevention Program for Wagga Wagga

 

 

Report

Background:

The Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Plan 2017-2021 (CPP) was developed in partnership with multiple agencies, including but not limited to NSW Police, NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Justice and several not for profit agencies who target offenders or victims of crime in their work. The CPP has been put together in recognition that crime across our Local Government Area (LGA) is a shared responsibility between government, community and individuals.

As previously reported to the working group at the August 2019 meeting the Crime Prevention Plan has met 83% of funded strategic actions in the first year and 100% of funded actions in the second year which include the following:


 

Year 1 Actions

 

NUMBER

STRATEGIC ACTION

PERFORMANCE        INDICATOR

RESPONSIBILITY

FUNDING

COMPLETED

1.7

Maintain delivery of Safety Action Meetings

Prevent and/or lessen serious threats to the safety of domestic violence victims through regular meetings to ensure targeted information sharing with key stakeholders providing service to victims of Family and Domestic Violence

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (Police)

Partners:

Wagga Women’s Health,  Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (Legal Aid)

Funded

YES

1.9

Provide Victim Support

Ensure that victims are supported when reporting crimes and also throughout the court process

 

Ensure victims have access to information regarding support services available to them that are appropriate to their circumstances as per NSW Code of Practice for the Charter of Victims Rights

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (Police)

Partners:
DVCAS (Legal Aid)

Funded

YES

1.10

Men’s behavioural change program

Run local evidence based programs for families, with particular focus on men, who are dealing with domestic violence issues or where there are domestic violence concerns.

It is envisioned this would be court ordered or legally recommended

Relationships Australia

Other Non-Government organisations (NGO’s)

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (Police)

Funded

YES

1.11

Enforce Perpetrator                      Accountability laws          (Domestic Violence)

Ensure perpetrator accountability laws are properly and efficiently enforced, not only to guarantee victims’ safety but also to make sure public condemnation of this behavior remains clear and strong.

 

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (Police)

Funded

NO

1.12

Ensure culturally appropriate services, such as the Aboriginal Services Unit and Victims Services Aboriginal Contact Line- to aid Aboriginal victims and their experiences in the court process

Improve Aboriginal community awareness of court processes and procedures

 

Improve knowledge of services offered by court including mediation, time to pay and victims services

 

Improve relationships between the Aboriginal community and the court

NSW Department of Justice

Funded

YES

2.6

Continue to support the continuation of the DeTag Program

Source funding and retain the delivery of a ‘community service order’ (CSO) program to

remove graffiti, with particular focus on social housing estates of Tolland, Kooringal, Ashmont and Mount Austin

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (Police)
Partners:
Department of Justice

NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Wagga Wagga City Council

Funded

YES

            

3.1

Run Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth at Risk Program—12-18 year olds

Minimise the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth at risk of entering the juvenile justice system

 

Reduce the rate of recidivism

Anglicare

Partners:

Dept Prime Minister and Cabinet

Funded

YES

3.3

Deliver the Homelessness Youth Assistance Program to  12– 15 year olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Decrease the number of young people aged 12-15 year olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

 

Deliver brokerage funds to services that address immediate needs, including: safety of young person, reunite with family where possible and/or find long term solution with other family

 

Anglicare

Partners:

NSW Family and Community Services

Funded

YES

3.7

Run Aboriginal specific programs e.g. Burrabinya-Leap to your future– program

Deliver this Aboriginal specific program under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy – Children and Schooling program.

Also deliver to public High Schools and Catholic Schools, currently including Mater Dei and Kildare in Wagga Wagga

COMPACT

Partners:

Dept Prime Minister & Cabinet

Funded

YES

3.12

Deliver home school liaison program to students at risk of disengaging or who have        disengaged from mainstream schooling

Work with priority area identified,  primary school aged students, for targeted early intervention.

 

Decrease the number of young people disengaging from mainstream schooling

NSW Department of     Education

Funded

YES

3.13

Retain Riverina Murray Family Referral Service (FRS) — FRS in Schools Project and FRS Juvenile Justice Project (state-wide)

 

The FRS assists children, young people, and families who do not meet the statutory threshold for child protection intervention, but would benefit from accessing services.

 

The FRS in Schools Project: Work directly with identified schools to work with young people and their families who are identified as being at risk of disengaging or who have disengaged.

 

Juvenile Justice: Work with the families of young people who are currently incarcerated at RJJC. This is a state-wide with all 11 FRS’s working together aiming towards lowering the recidivism rate.

 

Family Referral Service- Relationships Australia

Partners:

NSW Department of Education and Department of Justice

Funded

YES

3.14

Adolescent Court & Community Team Clinician

Work with young people entering the court system who are 18 years and under

 

Identify any potential Mental Health concerns and/or Disability, within this cohort develop 6 month plan, to assist young person to get assessed  and address these concerns if diagnosed

NSW Department of Justice– Justice Health

Funded

YES

3.17

Support Clontarf Foundation and Girls at the Centre – Mt Austin High School

An identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program focusing on areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles, life skills and football. In order to remain in the program, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the foundation. With these mechanisms in place, year-to-year retention is not less than 90% and school attendance rates are greater than 80%. 

 

Clontarf Foundation
and
The Smith Family

Partners:

Mt Austin High School

Funded

YES

3.19

Deliver Juvenile Justice/Community Justice programs designed to assist young people in the court process, juvenile justice facility and upon release

Deliver case management services to young people involved in the criminal justice system and develop case management plans

 

Deliver Act Now Together Strong (ANTS) Family Intervention program

 

Deliver programs aimed at lowering reoffending rates

 

Deliver AOD specific programs (Crossroads) where appropriate to address substance issues

 

Fund the delivery of the Joint  Support Program through Anglicare

NSW Department of Justice

 

Partners:


Anglicare

 

Funded

YES

3.5

LEAP (Learn, Engage, Aspire, Perform)- program

Assist disengaged and at risk young people in years 9 & 10.

 

Deliver the program at Wagga Wagga High School

COMPACT

Partners:

NSW Department of Education

Funded

YES

3.8

Run programs to re-engage disengaged youth with education

Encourage disengaged and at risk students to re-engage with education through career aspiration and project based learning

 

Funded through the Links to Learning program 2017-2019

 

COMPACT

Partners:

NSW Department of Education

Funded

NO

 Funding revoked

3.10

Youth After Hours Programming

Run trial of after-hours programs throughout school holiday periods at the Tolland Community Hub.

Riverina Medical and Dental        Aboriginal Corporation

 

Funded

YES

3.2

Provide a Joint Support Casework and Mentoring program to young people serving in a Juvenile Justice facility and assistance upon release from this facility

Decrease the number of young people reoffending and re-entering a juvenile justice facility

 

Development of case plans for short term support (up to 3 months)

Anglicare

Partners:

Department of Justice

Funded

YES

Year 2 Actions

NUMBER

STRATEGIC       ACTION

PERFORMANCE       INDICATOR

RESPONSIBILITY

FUNDING

COMPLETED

2.5

Maintain Aboriginal Community Justice Group

Provide advocacy for Aboriginal people in relation to criminal justice issues as well as cell and custody support

 

Develop local crime prevention initiatives, projects and activities in partnership with local justice agencies and local Aboriginal people

 

Establish diversionary programs for young people at risk

NSW Department of Justice

Funded

YES

3.5

LEAP (Learn, Engage, Aspire, Perform)- program

Assist disengaged and at risk young people in years 9 & 10.

 

Deliver the program at Wagga Wagga High School

COMPACT

Partners:

NSW          Department of         Education

Funded

YES

3.8

Run programs to re-engage disengaged youth with education

Encourage disengaged and at risk students to re-engage with education through career aspiration and project based learning

 

Funded through the Links to Learning program 2017-2019

 

COMPACT

Partners:

NSW          Department of         Education

Funded

YES

3.10

Youth After Hours Programming

Run trial of after-hours programs throughout school holiday periods at the Tolland Community Hub.

Riverina Medical and Dental        Aboriginal Corporation

 

Funded

YES

3.2

Provide a Joint Support Casework and Mentoring program to young people serving in a Juvenile Justice facility and assistance upon release from this facility

Decrease the number of young people reoffending and re-entering a juvenile justice facility

 

Development of case plans for short term support (up to 3 months)

Anglicare

Partners:

Department of Justice

Funded

YES

 

At the 25 November 2019 Crime Prevention Working Group meeting, Council staff were requested to present crime prevention priorities back to the next meeting for consideration of the Working Group. Aligned with Council’s adopted CPP, three priorities have been identified for consideration of the Working Group.

 

The information contained in this report has been compiled following analysis of the current available Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data.  Additional intelligence has been provided by the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (LAC) to inform these priorities. The members of the Crime Prevention Working Group were also invited to submit their priorities for inclusion in this report. Responses were received from four members. From the responses received those members advised they were satisfied with the recommended three priorities as well as higlighting the following items from the CPP.

 

CPP item:

 

1.5 - home security

1.8 - social housing safety perceptions

1.14 - parenting programs

2.4 - social housing estates targeted actions

2.5 - Aboriginal Community Justice Group

2.6 - graffiti and malicious damage clean up

2.7 - targeted increased CCTV

2.9 - targeted increased lighting

As requested by the working group, consultation has also been undertaken with non-government agencies located at the community hubs in Kooringal, Tolland and Ashmont. The Wagga Youth Interagency Group also provided input due to a number of crime types being committed by minors and youth.

 

Out of the above-mentioned engagement and review process the following three priorities areas are presented to the crime prevention working group being:

 

Priority 1 - Neighbourhood and home security

Priority 2 - Domestic Violence

Priority 3 - Youth Crime

 

The following information deals with each recommended priority area.

 

Priority 1 – Neighbourhood and home security

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and research provides a snapshot by Local Government Area (LGA) of ranking against other LGAs across NSW by crime type. For example: if 120 LGAs are recorded and your ranking is number 120, the LGA has the lowest amount of that crime type compared to other LGAs. If however, the ranking is 1, the LGA has recorded the highest amount of that type of crime in the state. Therefore, the lower the number the higher the crime, comparatively. During this period the ranking of crimes by type has changed.

In the 2017 to 2018 period the ranking of the following crime types decreased in the Wagga Wagga LGA:

·    receiving and handling of stolen goods (4 – 9 respectively),

·    break and enter dwelling (5 – 7) and

·    theft from retail store (8 – 12)

 

Unfortunately, during this period an escalation in crime types has occurred for:

·    motor vehicle theft (13 – 8) and

·    malicious damage to property (16 – 8) 

 

Current Rankings for Wagga Wagga LGA 2018 sourced from BOSCAR (please note 2019 rankings have not been released) are listed below:   

 

2018 ranking

Break and enter - dwelling

7

Motor vehicle theft;

8

Malicious damage to property

8

Steal from motor vehicle

12

Steal from dwelling

14

*2018 ranking out of 120 LGAs noting the lower the number the higher the crime rate in this category

 

The recommended Priority 1 matches to the CPP item 1.5 Increase community awareness to ensure better home security and reduce incidences of break and enter. In addition, the sub priorities in the CPP also match as follows:

 

1.2    Develop a laneway management plan to identify hotspot areas and reduce crime occurrences in these environments

 

1.8    Utilise Future Directions strategies such as place plans for the local government areas as they focus on perceptions of safety experienced by residents community housing members living in social housing.

 

2.3    Develop an organised response to malicious damage across the City, with particular focus around illegal graffiti.

 

2.9    Apply for funding to look at ways to improve lighting to areas / neighbourhoods / suburbs with high break and enter rates

 

 

For context the current actions being undertaken for the CPP items in this area are as follows:

 

·    Council staff in partnership with Wagga Local Area Command developed a public education campaign “Park Smart” to reduce theft of a motor vehicle and steal from a motor vehicle. This campaign commenced in August 2019 targeting hotspots in Wagga Wagga. The campaign included community information and media messaging emphasising that opportunistic crimes can be reduced by taking simple measures like locking your vehicle and removing valuable items from the vehicle.

 

·    Wagga LAC launched the ‘High Visibility Team’ in late 2019.  This team’s purpose is to build community awareness of local police officers and improve relationships with community members with the intent on reducing crime holistically.  Last year they did a ‘Walk and Talk’ session in Kooringal hub and the Coordinator advised this was well received and improved the attendee’s sense of safety.  Wagga LAC has advised they plan on delivering more of these sessions in 2020.

 

·    Police identified areas that have received improvements through lighting and CCTV upgrades, have seen dramatic reductions in reported crime.

 

·    Wagga Wagga City Council resolved at the Ordinary Council meeting held on 20 January 2020 that 6,940 streetlights will be upgraded to a higher luminosity with a total spend of approximately 2.5M in 20/21. This upgrade has considered improvements in lighting at high crime areas, graffiti hotspots and areas for active travel. As attached.

 

 

 

 

Ongoing concerns for this priority:

·    The LGA’s high rates of break and enter and current ranking across NSW

·    Wagga Wagga was listed in the top 10 local government areas across NSW for malicious damage in 2018. Further information provided by Wagga LAC shows that whilst significant there has been a downward trend over the last 24 months.  

·    LAC have advised malicious damage remains a priority issue in suburban areas. 

·    Non-government agencies located in community hubs in Ashmont, Tolland and Kooringal identify malicious damage as a significant issue. 

 

 

Priority 2 - Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and family violence remains a major issue across the Wagga Wagga LGA with the LGA ranking for Assault - domestic violence related crimes increasing in the past 5 (five) years from a ranking of 41 in 2014 to 19 in 2018 (the lower the number the higher the crime). 

 

The recommended Priority 2 matches to the CPP item 1.13 Run Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Campaigns and Programs along with the sub priorities (below):

 

2.7    Provide CCTV in high density or high-risk public spaces and places eg. Baylis Street and Fitzmaurice Street

 

1.7    Maintain delivery of Safety Action Meetings

 

1.9    Provide victim support

 

1.11 Enforce Perpetrator Accountability Laws

 

For context the current actions being undertaken for the CPP items and of which match Priority 2 are:

·    Wagga Wagga LAC deliver a monthly local Safety Action meeting. The purpose is to reduce risks to victims of domestic violence.

 

·    A new program to reduce reoffending has commenced in Wagga Wagga through NSW Department of Communities and Justice in September 2019 which aims to provide significant support to high risk offenders. Across other areas of NSW where this program has been implemented the program is already demonstrating promising results. This agency has indicated on request that they are willing to provide a briefing to the Crime Prevention Working Group on the Local Coordinated Multiagency offender management program.

 

·    Police are reporting decreases in crime and increases in perpetrator identification in areas where CCTV has been installed.

 

·    Wagga Wagga City Council and the Wagga Women’s Health Centre are working in partnership on a primary prevention project for domestic and family violence through the DVproject:2650t. In December 2019 the Reflect Respect campaign was launched. The Reflect Respect campaign is focused on challenging social norms, attitudes and behaviors to help promote respectful relationships at home, in the workplace and other social settings to increase support for gender equality and subsequently eliminate violence against women and their children.

 

 

Ongoing concerns against this priority:

·    Whilst services are available in Central Wagga Wagga for persons escaping or seeking support around Domestic and Family Violence, the feedback from all three suburban community hubs representatives in Ashmont, Tolland and Kooringal identified the need for onsite grief and trauma counselling and crisis support to be made available. It was suggested that more information on service provision in the City including crisis accommodation and access to support services including doctors, legal and housing to be made available at the three (three) community hubs.

 

·    At the last Safety Action interagency meeting held in January 2020 fifteen new domestic violence referrals were reported through as high priority.

 

·    All services consulted advised additional domestic violence education and support is still needed across the LGA to reduce the stigma of domestic violence.

 

·    In the feedback received it was also indicated that men’s behaviour change programs need to continue in order to provide further education to offenders and attempt to reduce risk. Existing providers such as Mission Australia reported that funding is soon to end and there is no certainty if this program will remain on offer in the future.

 

Priority 3 - Youth Crime

 

Current Rankings for 2018 sourced from BOSCAR (please note 2019 rankings have not been released) are listed below:

(https://www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/Pages/bocsar_crime_stats/bocsar_lgaexceltables.aspx)

 

2018 ranking

Total crime percentage committed by offender aged 10 to 29

Break and enter - dwelling

7

76%

Motor vehicle theft;

8

79%

Malicious damage to property

8

79%

Receiving or handling stolen goods

9

58%

Arson

11

100%

Steal from motor vehicle

12

93%

Steal from retail store

12

43%

Steal from dwelling

14

100%

*2018 ranking out of 120 LGAs noting the lower the number the higher the crime rate in this category

 

The recommended Priority 3 matches the CPP item 3.6 Youth Services supported through community centres and 3.16 Youth After Hours Programming.

 

 For context the current actions being undertaken for the CPP to prevent Youth Crime are:

 

·    A ‘Can we Help’ campaign, which provides highly visible information for young people to access services has recently been funded. In consultation with the Wagga Youth Interagency Group this campaign will be rolled out during 2020.

 

·    Wagga Wagga has a diverse range of youth services to engage and support young people. Youth services exist across a portfolio of other service types, all contributing towards providing early intervention support to address a myriad of behaviours and barriers. In addition to existing services, the City has seen a significant influx of new services and delivery models in the last 5 (five) years to address youth issues such as: Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Suicide prevention, mentoring programs, employment pathways, homelessness and youth justice. These programs and models are delivered by a large number of government and non-government organisations for example, Murrumbidgee Local Health district, Headspace, Wellways and Likeminds along with Mission Australia, TAFE, Compact, Wagga Family support and numerous Job Support agencies to support youth employment pathways.

 

·    Considering the vast number of services, a significant amount of work is being done throughout the sector to build relationships and communication between agencies and stakeholders to provide a holistic approach to young people and their families.  Agencies like Mission Australia provide a multiple array of programs including Youth on Track that work in conjunction with other stakeholders like Services Australia, Police and Education to support young people.

 

Ongoing concerns relating to this priority:

·    Research into peak offence times for malicious damage indicates this is occurring Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6pm to 12am. This highlights the importance of after-hours service support and programming targeting young people.

 

·    Research into peak periods for break and enter crimes were identified as 6am to 12pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, demonstrating a possible need for more early morning programs. 

 

·    There is a very limited amount of youth focused services who offer early morning or after-hours programming and in many cases these are run by volunteers e.g. PCYC.

 

·    Many organisations are reporting that they struggle to recruit volunteers to provide invaluable mentoring, support and guidance to young people.  An example of this is the Red Cross driving program.  This program gives young people access to skilled drivers to complete 120 hours of supervised driving in order to be able to undertake the provisional drivers licence test and therefore increase their likelihood of securing employment.

 

·    Feedback received from the Wagga Youth Interagency Group (WYIG) and Police, identified that there are a number of key issues for young people aged 10 to 29 which contribute to criminal activity, these issues are:

 

·    Access to services such as Centrelink, housing and mental health support

·    Availability and access to education and access to Vocational Education and Training programming

·    Lack of transport options as a major barrier to participation in community life, education and employment.

 

Recommendation

That the Crime Prevention Working Group support the following three priority areas to focus on in 2020 being:

 

Priority 1 - Neighbourhood and home security

Priority 2 - Domestic Violence

Priority 3 - Youth Crime

 

It is suggested that these priorities be listed as regular standing items on the working group agenda so that the working group can provide feedback on how each priority is progressing throughout 2020. It is also suggested that the working group consider inviting representatives from NSW Department of Communities and Justice to present on the new Re-offending Prevention Program that is being rolled out in Wagga Wagga.

 

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

NSW Police Act 1990

NSW Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Safe and Healthy Community

Objective: We are safe

Outcome: We monitor and enforce public health and safety

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

N/A

Internal / External Consultation

In preparing this report consultation occurred with members of the Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Working Group, including Wagga Wagga Local Area Command, further consultation also took place with Mission Australia and Red Cross located at the Ashmont, Tolland and Kooringal Community Hubs, members of the Wagga Youth interagency Group, including Rivmed and also through discussions with a number of local social support service providers working to address crime matters locally.

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Report to Council - 20 January 2020 - Upgrade to Street Lighting

 

  


Report submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group on Monday 24 February 2020

RP-2

 







Report submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group on Monday 24 February 2020

RP-3

 

RP-3               Report on abandoned social housing properties

Author:         Lisa Saffery 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

Summary:

At the Crime Prevention Working Group Meeting held on 25 November 2019 the working group requested that the NSW Department of Communities and Justice provide a report on the current abandoned social housing properties in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

 

 

Recommendation

That the committee receive and note the report.

 

Report

Mr Brad Wotton, Manager Commissioning and Planning, Murrumbidgee has provided the attached email information. The Department of Communities and Justice representative will speak to this information.

 

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

NSW Land and Housing Manage Asbestos policy

NSW Community Housing Asset Management Policy

NSW Department of Communities and Justice Sale of Homes Policy

NSW Department of Communities and Justice Tenant Repair Costs Policy

NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

 

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Safe and Healthy Community

Objective: We are safe

Outcome: We create safe spaces and places

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

N/A

Internal / External Consultation

N/A

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Email from Mr Brad Wotton, Manager Commissioning and Planning

 

  


Reports submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group to be held on Monday 24 February 2020.

 


GENERAL BUSINESS/AROUND THE TABLE

 

ITEM 1        FREQUENCY AND TIMING OF MEETINGS

 

ITEM 2        WORKING GROUP MEMBERS – AROUND THE TABLE

 

ITEM 3        WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL AREA COMMAND                              

 


Reports submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group to be held on Monday 24 February 2020.