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Feedback for Manukau's Safety & Crime Prevention

Feedback wanted on Manukau's Safety & Crime Prevention Plans

Public feedback is now being sought on Manukau City Council's draft Community Safety Strategy and draft Crime Prevention Action Plan.

"Safety and crime are major issues for the people of Manukau," says Mayor Sir Barry Curtis. "Council's citizen survey gave us strong indications of the community's concern. Council is working with other agencies such as Counties Manukau Police and Safer Manukau to create a safer city for all.

"Council's contribution to this work includes a Community Safety Strategy of which the Crime Prevention Action Plan is a part," Sir Barry says.

Community Safety Planner, Helena Maxwell, says that public interest exceeded expectations. "Over 400 people attended 19 public meetings, and we received 244 responses to the Crime & Safety Survey Questionnaire. Our meetings included representatives of community groups, residents & ratepayers, Maori, Pacific Island people, new settlers and youth."

Priority crime issues identified were dishonesty crimes, health safety, anti-social behaviour, the justice system and youth justice.

The priority community safety issues identified were environmental safety, road safety, health safety, youth safety, family safety, and dishonesty crimes.

The draft strategies have been developed based on community priorities (from the meetings and surveys) and an analysis of relevant statistical information.

The Community Safety Strategy aims to unite Council activities that contribute to community safety in Manukau. The Crime Prevention Action Plan outlines Council’s direction and role in crime prevention within the city. The draft documents are available from 11 September, from Council’s website at www.manukau.govt.nz/crime.htm or Council’s Call Centre on (09) 262 5104. Submissions close on the 10th October 2003.

§ A public consultation round is to be held on these drafts as follows:
Howick- Thursday 11th September at the Highland Park Community House from 7.00pm Mangere - Monday 15th September at the Mangere Arts Centre from 7.00pm Maori hui - Tuesday 16th September in the Manukau Room, Civic Centre, Manukau City Council from 7.00pm Pacific Island peoples fono - Wednesday 17th September in the Manukau Room, Civic Centre, Manukau City Council from 7.00pm Papatoetoe - Thursday 18th September in the Papatoetoe Chambers, Papatoetoe Ward Office from 7.00pm Manurewa - Monday 22nd September at the Manurewa Library from 7.00pm Pakuranga – Tuesday 23rd September in the Pakuranga Library Community Room from 7.00pm Otara - Wednesday 24th September at the Otara Music & Arts Centre from 7.00pm Clevedon - Friday 26th September at the Kawakawa Bay Hall from 7.00pm

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