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Standing up for saying 'no'

Standing up for saying 'no' I Belong in the Gong is about feeling safe in the City of Wollongong.

Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery AM, said, I Belong in the Gong is about saying no to harassment and letting people know who they can ask for help if they experience confronting or threatening behaviour. Read more >

Making safe places

The week that candle lit vigils across Australia marked the violent death of Melbourne woman, Eurydice Dixon, City of Ballarat representatives were in Canberra to receive a National Award for Local Government for an innovative community safety project Right to the Night.

Ballarat mayor, Samantha McIntosh, said, “It’s significant that the vigil was taking place in the same week we were receiving our award.”

Right to the Night project was selected as category winner for Innovation to Create More Liveable and Collaborative Communities.

The award recognised Right to the Night as a customer-focused innovation which collaborated with the community to improve the design and implementation of public services.

In recent years there has been a change in the way crime prevention is viewed. It is no longer simply the domain of police and the justice system.

Community based strategies are emerging, and local partnerships are assuming a share in the responsibility with local government taking a leading role.

The Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund provides councils and community organisations with grants of up to $1 million for security infrastructure activities to address crime and anti-social behaviour in public or community spaces.

While many such grants are spent on installing CCTV, security lighting and protective bollards, they are also being used to revitalise public places.

Right to the Night grew out of GovHack, a nationwide annual open data hackathon in which teams of volunteer developers, coders, designers, analysts, and others develop solutions and services aimed at benefiting the broader community.

An app was developed to collate data and community members were asked to pin on a map the areas where they felt safe or unsafe around the Ballarat central business district then visit righttothenight.com.au to add further comments on the locations.

The information gained will be presented at a Town Hall meeting on 23 October.

It will be used to help design public spaces that encourage safety and inclusiveness.

Mayor McIntosh said that although all the data was not yet analysed, it was easy to recognise emerging patterns.

“The places where people indicated that they feel safe are the places that are well lit, attract lots of people, have inviting street furniture and street art, live music.”

Information received via the app is already informing the City’s planning decisions.

Seventy places around Ballarat were highlighted as
being safe.

“We know that a vibrant and creative streetscape attracts more people, we know that if there is more activity in the spaces there’s more people in the spaces and people feel safer in the spaces. So they all work hand in hand.”

People, lighting and security were the major factors missing in the 235 unsafe spaces.

“Just having CCTV and security guards walking the streets doesn’t create vibrancy and excitement, doesn’t create warmth, charm, activity and attraction,” Mayor McIntosh said.

“They are not the magnets that make a city feel full of life and therefore safe.

“[City of Ballarat’s]…Creative City Strategy and the Live Music Strategy are bringing vibrancy to certain areas of the city and those are the areas people feel comfortable in.

“Where that’s not happening, people have dropped pins saying they don’t feel safe in those spaces.”

Although the project had a special focus on women the app was available for all including men and children.

“We wanted women to be involved with the planning process, we wanted women to be involved with the design and [have] the ability to collaborate with providing knowledge, experiences and ideas to make our public spaces more liveable, make them more safe.

“While there was a thrust for women to be engaged in the project…we want everyone in Ballarat to feel safe not just women.”

Safe city recognised

Safe city recognised Toowoomba has earned the title of safe city.

Toowoomba Region, Queensland, has achieved international accreditation as an Australian Safe Community after the final assessment by the Australian Safe Communities Foundation. Read more >

Five smart cities vie for award

The Cities of Brisbane, Adelaide, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown have been shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards.

According to the Smart Cities Awards jury chair, David Singleton AM, the awards will articulate how smart cities activities can enhance the liveability, workability and sustainability of our cities.

“For the first time, Australians will gain a clear idea of what leadership in smart cities looks like,” he said.

Winners of the Smart Cities Awards will be announced on 30 October as part of Australia’s first Smart Cities Week to recognise and reward leadership, celebrate best practice and stimulate action to advance the smart cities movement.

The most hotly-contested prize on the night will be the ‘Leadership City’ category.

Telstra and Deloitte are partnering with Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand to present the awards.

Smart Cities Lead at Telstra, Merrick Spain, said, “We are proud to support the Smart Cities Week Awards and congratulate the nominees for their vision and courage in lighting the pathway to our common future.

“We encourage others to join them in embarking on this exciting journey to transform our cities and communities.”

Allan Mills from the awards other major sponsor, Deloitte, said “While smart cities earlier focused on connecting infrastructure for better insights, the spotlight is slowly shifting to better engaging governments, citizens, and businesses with the goal of providing improved city services and a higher quality of life.

“Smart Cities Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress to date and look towards the future of what comes next.”

The awards will be held as part of Australia’s first Smart Cities Week from 29-31 October.

Mayors blaze the Sale Trail

Mayors blaze the  Sale Trail Mayors Carol Adams and Barry Samuels model repurposed clothes saved from landfill.

Mayor Carol Adams from the City of Kwinana and Mayor Barry Sammels from the City of Rockingham are updating their attire all in the name of a good cause. Read more >

This month

Standing up for saying 'no'

Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery AM, said, I Belong in the Gong is about saying no to harassment and letting people know who they can ask for help if they experience confronting or threatening behaviour. Read more >


Making safe places

The week that candle lit vigils across Australia marked the violent death of Melbourne woman, Eurydice Dixon, City of Ballarat representatives were in Canberra to receive a National Award for Local Government for an innovative community safety project Right to the Night. Read more >


Safe city recognised

Toowoomba Region, Queensland, has achieved international accreditation as an Australian Safe Community after the final assessment by the Australian Safe Communities Foundation. Read more >


Editorial

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Five smart cities vie for award

The Cities of Brisbane, Adelaide, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown have been shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards. Read more >


Mayors blaze the Sale Trail

Mayor Carol Adams from the City of Kwinana and Mayor Barry Sammels from the City of Rockingham are updating their attire all in the name of a good cause. Read more >


Recycling a priority in New South Wales - President’s comment

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Coastal sewerage gets facelift

Central Coast Council, New South Wales, is investing $1.47 million this financial year to upgrade and improve the performance of the Central Coast’s sewerage infrastructure. Read more >


Rubber roundabout a first

Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, installed its first rubber roundabout as a test model on 4 October. Read more >


Key partnership for rural councils

Victoria’s fastest growing rural councils have entered into a partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to manage population growth across the region. Read more >


Darwin recovers

City of Darwin staff and contractors continue to complete infrastructure and playground repairs in parks and open spaces, following Cyclone Marcus in March this year. Read more >


Community conservation program

The Shire of Jerramungup, Western Australia, is using social media to help with conservation efforts within the community. Read more >


Community engagement shapes city

A record number of residents have provided their thoughts and feedback on projects being conducted by the City of Canterbury Bankstown, New South Wales, or impacting it, over the past 12 months. Read more >


A recharge and a coffee to go

City of Fremantle, Western Australia, continues to be a leader in sustainable transport installing new electric car charging points at Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip car park. Read more >


Dairy farmers need our long-term support - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The milk supply chain involves farmers selling their product to dairy processors who process and package the product. Then supermarkets buy the packaged milk from the processors (both private label and branded products) and then sell it to consumers. Read more >


Critical sporting infrastructure

The City of Ballarat, Victoria, has a plan to become one of Australia’s first councils to strive towards having female friendly facilities in all its sporting facilities. Read more >


Gender Board appointment

Boroondara City Councillor and National President Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), Coral Ross, has been appointed Deputy Chair of the newly formed Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC). Read more >


Drop in for help

Noosa Council, Queensland, has teamed up with a range of agencies and not-for-profit organisations to launch a one-stop shop giving vulnerable locals easy access to essential services. Read more >


Trial reduces manhole maintenance*

When the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) needed to extend the working lives of its manholes, it contacted Calix to conduct a trial of its PROTECTA-Mag™ technology. Read more >


Age friendly businesses

Businesses that provide goods and services to older people or people with a disability are being encouraged to join Melville Age Friendly Accessible Businesses (MAFAB) network and become a FAB business! Read more >


Councillor profiles - Kristie Johnston Mayor Glenorchy City Council

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Councillor profiles - Greg Howard Mayor Dorset Shire Council

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Festival empowers community

The pristine top end town of Mapoon recently celebrated the Paanja Festival, proudly supported by Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council. Read more >


Heart Safe City

Dubbo, New South Wales, is leading the way in being a Red Cross Heart Safe City with almost 100 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) across the community according to Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council, Ben Shields. Read more >


Major gambling reforms needed

The City of Greater Dandenong is continuing to campaign for gambling reform. Read more >


Journey of creativity

The picturesque hills of Armadale, Western Australia, are home to many high-profile and emerging artists. Read more >


High Achievers - Chris Lawry Urban Forrest Officer – Mt Barker District Council

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High Achievers - Mathew Allen Manager Engineering and Field Services – City of Marion

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