AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Crime Prevention Working Group

 

 

 

To be held on
Monday

20 July 2020

at 12 noon

 

 

 

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 20 July 2020.

Crime Prevention Working Group AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Monday 20 July 2020

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                            PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                          2

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                 2

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1           Crime Prevention Working Group - 24 February 2020                2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

PRESENTATION

1                       BETH VAN BAAST – RE OFFENDING PROGRAM

NSW DEPT OF COMMUNITES AND JUSTICE                                            2

 

2                       MICHAEL WHITESIDE – ABANDONED SOCIAL HOUSING PROPERTIES

NSW DEPT OF COMMUNITES AND JUSTICE                                            2

 

3                       BRETT SOMMERVILLE – YOUTH AT RISK PROGRAMS

PCYC                                                                                                         2

 

                                                                                                                   

Reports

RP-1            Wagga Wagga Pedestrian Walkway Review Report                 3

RP-2            Update on actions from 24 February 2020 Crime

Prevention Working Group Meeting                                            32

 

GENERAL BUSINESS/AROUND THE TABLE                                                              34

ITEM 1        COMMITTEE RESIGNATIONS

 

                   JUSTIN BUSUTTIL – COMMUNITY MEMBER

 

                   SIMONE JOLLEY – DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

ITEM 2        SUB COMMITTEE MOTION – THOMAS GARDINER

ITEM 3        ILLEGAL DRUGS IN WAGGA WAGGA – DR JOE MCGIRR

ITEM 4        WORKING GROUP MEMBERS – AROUND THE TABLE

ITEM 5        WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL AREA COMMAND

 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

Bob Noble                   NSW Police, Wagga Wagga Local Area Command

Brad Wotton                Communties and Justice

Andrew Stockman     Department of Premier and Cabinet

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1              Crime Prevention Working Group - 24 February 2020       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Crime Prevention Working Group Meeting held on 24 February 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Crime Prevention Working Group Minutes - 24 February 2020

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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

1.  Presentation on Re Offending Program, from Beth Van Baast, Communites and Justice.

 

2.  Presenttation on Abandoned Social Housing Properties, from Michael Whiteside, Housing Manager, Communties and Justice

 

3.  Presentation on Youth at Risk Programs, from Brett Sommerville, Club Manager, PCYC.


Report submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group on Monday 20 July 2020

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Reports

RP-1               Wagga Wagga Pedestrian Walkway Review Report

Author:         Lisa Saffery 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

Summary:

This report has been prepared in response to a resolution of the Crime Prevention Working Group meeting held on 24 February 2020, requesting information on pedestrian walkways in Wagga Wagga and consideration of various treatment options to address anti-social behaviour at these locations.

 

 

Recommendation

That the Crime Prevention Working Group:

a       receive and note the report

b       endorse the recommendations contained in this report

 

Report

This report has been prepared in response to a resolution of the Crime Prevention Working Group (CPWG) meeting held on 24 February 2020 where it was resolved:

 

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

 

This report also addresses item 1.2 in the Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Plan to:

 

‘Develop a laneway management plan to identify hotspot areas and reduce crime occurrence in these environments’

 

Background

Pedestrian walkways serve a variety of functions across the City including the provision of movement of off-street vehicles (bicycles and mobility devices) and pedestrian access to recreational facilities, buildings or amenities, or alternate often more direct routes through neighbourhoods.  

 

Whatever the function or history, all pedestrian walkways share one thing in common; a change of scale at pedestrian level which contrasts to roads and streets, which predominantly service for larger vehicular movement at higher speeds. 

 

 

On occasion pedestrian walkways are reported by community members as problematic and requests/petitions for closures have been lodged with Council. The process to determine if these requests are viable and/or reasonable has occurred based on the individual merits of the requests received. It should be noted at this point, that there is no clear evidence that demonstrates the closure of pedestrian walkways reduces crime, rather moves this activity to another location.

 

The current Development Control Plan (DCP) for the City ensures in future developments pedestrian walkways are designed in line with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. To a large part this inclusion in the DCP reduces or designs out future non-essential laneways and walkways.  Keeping this in mind, this report outlines some of the principles which should be applied when requests for pedestrian walkway closures are received with regard to pre-existing pedestrian walkways, which are deemed for usage by pedestrians and vehicles that do not require registration e.g. bikes and mobility devices. This report does not make recommendations on individual walkways or assess heritage status of laneways.

 

As requested by the Crime Prevention Working Group the purpose of this report is to develop principles and processes to be applied to determine if a pedestrian walkway should remain or be repurposed, have treatments applied or closed due to issues with anti-social behaviour and crime.  An inventory of existing walkways for pedestrian and off-street vehicular (mobility devices and bikes) usage in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area and associated maps are attached to this report.

 

Definitions

Under the NSW Roads Act 1993, Council is the roads authority for local roads including pedestrian walkways dedicated under the act. RMS do not have a role in the maintenance, management or control of these assets.

 

Whilst laneways can include vehicular access for cars, as requested by the Crime Prevention Working Group this report considers pedestrian walkways only for off-street vehicle usage, that connect people to places and act as short cuts to fast track travel for persons walking, using mobility devices or cycling.  In short routes that do not require a vehicular registration for access.

 

Principles to assess walkway usage, safety and connectivity

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles (CPTED) is a crime prevention strategy that is supported by many local councils, State and Federal Government agencies. CPTED aims to reduce crime by designing the built environment according to a set of guidelines or in the case of pre-existing pedestrian walkways apply CPTED principles to them to increase public safety.   

 

The 4 key strategies used in CPTED are: 

 

 

 

 

 

Treatments for consideration based on CPTED principles

In developing this report, a number of other councils were contacted across Australia regarding the management of their pedestrian walkway networks. Approaches that councils have taken in assessing and treating pedestrian walkways varies greatly.  While some research demonstrates that closures of walkways does not change crime frequency but rather relocates it, many councils have taken a number of approaches to problematic walkways including: 

 

Territorial re-enforcement

There are a number of ways to delineate private and public space and increase usage including:

 

 

Surveillance

Surveillance can be increased in a number of ways including but not limited to:

 

 

Access Control 

There are a number of access controls that can be applied to increase safety in walkways, these include but are not limited to:

 

 

 

 

Space / Activity Management 

There are a number of strategies that can be applied to create an increased sense of ownership or safety including but not limited to:

 

 

 

Images above of pedestrian walkway between Henwood and Amaroo, Kooringal

 

 

Prior to considering any treatment to a pedestrian walkway the following information must be considered:

 

 

Recommendations

When reviewing pedestrian walkways, a number of issues must be considered including legal status/ownership, purpose of installation and cost of various treatments. Many pedestrian walkways in the city also serve as access points to underground infrastructure or to allow for overland water flows. Others form part of the city’s active transit routes that are safer or faster and ensure opportunities for walking or cycling are available for community use in neighbourhoods.

 

Pedestrian walkway closures are also costly to permanently close, both fiscally and in impact on reducing options for active travel for residents.  Pedestrian walkways can end up an eye sore if temporarily closed and not allocated for an alternate purpose. It should be noted that walkways that are not repurposed create an ongoing burden for Councils in maintenance and management.

 

With regard to the petition received requesting the closure of the pedestrian walkway located between 13 and 15 Bandera Avenue, Glenfield Park the issues as outlined above must be considered in order to assess an appropriate treatment to this location.

 

It is therefore recommended to the Crime Prevention Working Group that the following actions be considered to ensure a consistent and responsive approach is undertaken in the management of issues relating to the pedestrian walkway network across the city: 

 

1.    Wagga Wagga Local Area Command and Council to determine proactive communication and agreed processes on assessing and recommending pedestrian walkway treatments based on the completion of CPTED assessments.

 

  1. Training in CPTED to be undertaken by relevant staff, strategic/town planners and representatives from the Local Area Command.

 

  1. Council to continue to allocate annual financial resources to allow for maintenance and treatments to pedestrian walkways to occur and be included as an identified item listed in the long-term financial plan.

 

  1. Review the Development Control Plans to reduce or design out future non-essential pedestrian walkways.

 

  1. Staff to seek external funding for site specific projects as required for example pedestrian walkway greening projects or other recommended treatments.

 

  1. Considering this report’s recommended actions as outlined above and with regard to the petition received requesting the closure of the pedestrian walkway located between 13 and 15 Bandera Avenue, Glenfield Park it is recommended that:

 

·         Staff along with representatives from the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command undertake consultation in the wider neighbourhood, complete a CPTED assessment at this location as described in Action 1 and make recommendations, based on these findings to Council for their consideration.

 

Financial Implications

Any proposed new projects that come before Council for consideration will be subject to Council’s business and financial planning processes.

Policy and Legislation

NSW Roads Act 1993

NSW Road Management Arrangements 2008

Wagga Wagga Graffiti Management plan 2021

Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Plan 2021

 

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

Consultation occurred in the development of this report with a number of internal staff including Property, Traffic, and Geospatial business units. Prior consultation has also occurred with the NSW Police Local Area Command.

 

A desk top review also considered the following online resources:

 

The City of Sydney - Policy for the Management of Laneways in Central Sydney https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/120375/ManagementOfLaneways.pdf

 

https://www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/development/pubs/crime-prevention-environmental-design-guidelines.pdf

 

Lessons from Lisson green: An evaluation of walkway demolition on British housing estates

https://popcenter.asu.edu/sites/default/files/library/crimeprevention/volume_03/05_poyner.pdf

 

https://www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/News-and-Media/News-and-resources/Media-Releases/2020/your-say-on-closure-plans-for-nine-walkways

 

https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/safety_and_prevention/policing_in_the_community/safer_by_design

 

https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/crimprev/cpted

 

https://www.thedesignpartnership.com.au/cpted

 

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/news-and-media/Pages/laneways-go-green-to-cool-cbd.aspx

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Wagga Wagga Pedestrian Walkway Report - Inventory Maps

 

  


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RP-2               Update on actions from 24 February 2020 Crime Prevention Working Group Meeting

Author:         Lisa Saffery 

Director:       Janice Summerhayes

         

 

Summary:

The purpose of this report is to provide the Crime Prevention Working Group with an update on actions from the meeting held 24 February 2020

 

 

Recommendation

That the Crime Prevention Working Group (CPWG) receive and note this report.

 

Report

The following advice is provided to the CPWG on the items noted in the minutes for action from the meeting held 24 February 2020.

 

Investigate the Attorney General’s funding program for the Crime Prevention Plan

 

The NSW Department of Communities and Justice website provided further information about how endorsed Crime Prevention Plans can attract funding towards items in the plan. Contact has now been made with NSW Department of Communities and Justice along with a letter seeking a review of the Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Plan for endorsement in order that funding can then be sought for items listed in this plan.

 

Investigate multilingual resources available on domestic violence

 

Online resources have been located and Council has corresponded with Dr Saba Nabiv (community member of the CPWG) and Adol Takpiny (Community Liaison Officer from NSW Department of Communities and Justice and Multicultural NSW) to increase the number of languages that existing information on domestic violence is published in. The Community Liaison Officer from Communities and Justice is taking the lead on this process, in order to make these resources more accessible and widely available to all community members, especially considering the marked increase in reported incidents of domestic violence during COVID-19.

 

An item included in Council news, on Council’s social media page on the Crime Prevention Working Group.

 

Information relating to Council’s Crime Prevention Plan 2021, Graffiti Management Plan along with information relating to the Crime Prevention Working Group Terms of Reference and membership are located on Council’s website:

 

https://wagga.nsw.gov.au/city-of-wagga-wagga/council/plans-and-reports/planning-for-our-community/wagga-wagga-crime-prevention-plan-2021

 

https://wagga.nsw.gov.au/city-of-wagga-wagga/community/graffiti-management

 

https://wagga.nsw.gov.au/city-of-wagga-wagga/council/meetings/council-committees

 

Council News and social media platforms will provide an update on current work being undertaken by the Crime Prevention Working Group. This is scheduled to occur in August 2020.

 

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

Wagga Wagga Crime Prevention Plan 2021

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Leadership and Collaboration

Objective: We have strong leadership

Outcome: We are accountable and transparent

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

N/A

Internal / External Consultation

Information provided to community stakeholders as requested in order to increase access to multilingual resources on domestic violence

 

 

 

 

 


Reports submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group to be held on Monday 20 July 2020.

GENERAL BUSINESS/AROUND THE TABLE

ITEM 1      COMMITTEE RESIGNATIONS

 

§   Justin Busuttil – Community Member

 

§   Simone Jolley – Department of Justice

 

ITEM 2      SUB COMMITTEE MOTION – THOMAS GARDINER

 

ITEM 3      ILLEGAL DRUGS IN WAGGA WAGGA – DR JOE MCGIRR

 

ITEM 3      WORKING GROUP MEMBERS – AROUND THE TABLE

 

ITEM 4      WAGGA WAGGA LOCAL AREA COMMAND

 

 


Reports submitted to the Crime Prevention Working Group to be held on Monday 20 July 2020.