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Councillors propose ideas to deter vandals

Friday, 2nd June, 2017

Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy

By Emily Roberts


After a spate of vandalism around the city, a councillor wants to look at developing community programs to prevent similar events from happening again.

At Wednesday night’s Council meeting, Councillor Tom Kennedy suggested that it would be beneficial to develop programs to prevent vandalism.

“I would like to know if there were any programs that council could develop to get the community involved,” he said.

“We could look at what we could have done to combat vandalism.

“A lot of damage is often done to council assets.”

Clr Kennedy said his main reasoning behind this was that council was copping “flak for being silent”.

“I know council already does a lot to combat vandalism, with our vandal-proof play equipment and installing new toilets.

“I think we need to show that we are doing stuff as far as vandalism goes, but it still needs to be addressed.

“I would like to suggest looking at developing policy that goes around public safety.”

Clr Kennedy said it had become “pretty clear people want something done”.

“The police only have so many resources; it would be great to be able to set up an initiative something similar to neighbourhood watch.

“Council should have access to programs from around the State that could help.

“I don’t mean getting more CCTV. While it helps, it doesn’t stop the crime.

“We need an initiative that involves people keeping an eye out.

“We need something that is going to stop vandalism from occurring, something that will act as a deterrent.”

Mayor Darriea Turley said she had written to Essential Energy asking them if they could do a street light audit.

“I’ve written to Essential Energy to ask if their lighting is effective.

“Our community strategy policy has identified that there are a lot of issues that the community are concerned about.

“I think Clr Kennedy has some good points and it would be beneficial if a partnership was formed.

“What is interesting is that a lot of people say to me that you don’t see a lot of vandalism around Broken Hill.

“The damage that happened last weekend is unheard of.

“We do need to look at it as it is a security issue.

“We may need to look at landscape, lighting and buildings.

“This is an issue the community is passionate about and it will drive change.”

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