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Residents and business owners have gathered in Earlwood, to discuss safety issues with
local Police and Council officers.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the meeting was called after a number of concerns were raised
over the past six months.
“From time to time, we receive a concentration of complaints from residents in local
communities, regarding safety issues,” he said.
“These are addressed in consultation with residents and Police, through specific strategies
targeting the issues identified.
“This can include conducting a community safety audit, which is a holistic approach and
involves undertaking a walk-through in a particular area, with residents and business
owners pointing out their concerns. These are done during the day and night.
“That was the case in Earlwood recently, with around 20 people taking to the streets of the
suburb’s town centre, with Police and Council officers.”
The main issues identified, a need to:
Overall, residents and business owners participating in the audit advised that they feel safe
living and working in Earlwood.
“We can now go and work with Council’s internal and external agencies to address these
matters,” Mayor Asfour said.
This year, Council has hosted five Local Safety Forums and five safety drop-in sessions at
local shopping centres, where Police shared the latest crime statistics, gave updates on the
progress of targeted campaigns, and listen to concerns from residents.
More Local Safety Forums and safety drop-in sessions will be held next year, with
information to be advertised in Community Link magazine, local newspapers and via
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