Community Safety

Community Justice Centres: The Road less travelled
Autumn 2015 / Community Safety / Judicial System

Community Justice Centres: The Road less travelled

Australia’s only community justice centre is the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in inner-city Melbourne. Its integrated approach to justice, service co-ordination and crime prevention is one many would like to see tried in NSW. To encourage this discussion Ann Strunks tells us about a project the centre undertook in Smith Street Collingwood.

No reason for a ‘law and order’ election
Autumn 2015 / Community Safety / Judicial System

No reason for a ‘law and order’ election

NSW elections in recent decades have been described as ‘law and order’ auctions. Garner Clancey explores some of the reasons why there is no reason for a ‘law and order’ auction and what criminal justice issues should receive greater attention by government after this election.

Community Drug Action Teams – Condone or condemn?
Community Safety / Health / Spring 2014

Community Drug Action Teams – Condone or condemn?

This is the double–edged sword that cuts through the third tier of the National Drug Strategy: Harm Reduction (the other two tiers are supply reduction and demand reduction). If we implement strategies which reduce and mitigate harms to the individual and communities created by illicit drug use, we are seen as condoning such use. If we do nothing, we are condemning people to a whole sphere of danger, in some cases, including death. Charmaine Jones explores the role of CDATs.

Better Block
Civil Society / Community Engagement / Community Safety / Urban Development / Winter 2014

Better Block

Clovelly Road was transformed and re-imagined as a greener, safer, more liveable street on 27th October 2013. Megan Sharkey explores what those keen to reimagine their streets and communities can learn from community driven planning used in the first Better Block transformation in Sydney.

Waterloo Mosaic Project Community arts projects can help address graffiti. Projects that involve the community in designing and building artwork are much less likely to be vandalised because the community own, protect and respect them.
Autumn 2014 / Community Safety

Confronting Fear of Crime

Fear can have a big impact on how we see and interact with those around us. Here we explore some of the human cost of our fear of crime and what can be done about it.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore with Tenant Representative Rick O’Meara at the Ward Park Public Toilet opening.
Autumn 2014 / Community Safety

Open spaces make happy faces

Access to open space is crucial in high density neighbourhoods so understandably residents using Ward Park are concerned about what happens when their open space it is not available.

The Deck of Dreams is one of the components of City of Sydney Narratives Project.
Autumn 2014 / Community Safety / Health

A Helping Hand for Mental Health

Stories from a new resource kit highlight what a small group of people can achieve in supporting people with mental health issues in the Inner City.

Autumn 2014 / Community Engagement / Community Safety / Health

Beyond Walls: My Mondays in Waterloo

For more than a year I’ve been sitting behind a desk in a glass and concrete high-rise in North Sydney, and it’s had me reminiscing about Mondays gone by in Waterloo, where I used to have the opportunity to work with staff from The Factory Community Centre on some of their Beyond Walls events.

Figure 1: Percentage change in the motor vehicle theft rate by Metropolitan SSD (2012 vs 2000)
Autumn 2014 / Community Safety / Domestic Violence / Judicial System

Property crime decline

Beneath the headlines, NSW has experienced a significant decline in property crime since 2000 with large reductions in burglary, motor vehicle theft, steal from motor vehicle, robberies and other property offences. Some of the greatest reductions are in the inner city.