Report to Council

Tuesday 28 September

We want the Northern Beaches to continue to be one of the safest areas in the country to live, work and play.

Our Draft Community Safety Plan (2021-2026) outlines the actions we will take to build on our responsiveness to community safety issues over the next five years.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft plan.

A report will be presented at the Council meeting on Tuesday 28 September 2021 noting the outcomes of the public exhibition and seeking adoption of the plan.

View the Council Report (Item 10.1) and the Attachment Booklet (Item 10.1).

In line with public health orders, the Council meeting will be held remotely. You can watch the live stream via the webcast from 6pm.

Requests to speak at the Council Meeting can be made here by 12pm on the day of the meeting.

Engagement history

We sought feedback from the broader community on the Draft Community Safety Plan between 1 June and 20 July 2021.

The public exhibition followed extensive engagement with more than 1162 community members and stakeholders who provided comments and insights which informed the development of the draft plan.

A further 520 people engaged in the public exhibition process and 19 submissions were made during this stage of engagement.

The feedback received indicated a high level of support for the draft plan with 74 percent of respondents supporting the plan outright or with some changes.

The range of submissions in response to the draft plan was diverse and included suggestions for safe active transport, recognition of youth issues, consideration of bushfire management, and the inclusion of implementation and accountability measures in the plan.

Several amendments have been made to the draft plan in response to the feedback, and these are detailed in the community engagement report.

Key amendments are related to:

  • Strengthening reference to Council’s work to protect the community through bushfire management
  • Strengthening references to youth as a priority population for service delivery
  • Integrating the key action of the Better Together 2040 Social Sustainability Strategy to: Develop a Youth Discussion Paper and deliver youth development programs that build capacity and resilience of a diverse cross section of young people and local youth services
  • Adding sections outlining the Key Outcome Indicators and financial implications of the plan.

Once adopted, the Community Safety Plan will be reviewed annually to accommodate any emerging issues and will be formally evaluated every five years to retain its relevance and alignment with Council strategies, including Better Together 2040.

Helping our community feel safe

The Draft Community Safety Plan outlines the actions we will take to build on our responsiveness to community safety issues over the next five years. It was developed using:

  • information gathered from the community
  • current crime trend data
  • government and local strategic directions
  • input from service providers.

The draft plan is divided into two parts, focussing on safe places and safe people. Under these we have identified ten priority areas. Click on the blocks below to learn more about the actions for each priority area.

Read the Draft Community Safety Plan by clicking on the 'view full screen' symbol on the bottom right hand side of the flip book below or download a copy of the document.

Our role in community safety

We play an essential role in community safety through:

  • design and management of public spaces
  • management of public events
  • management of local community recreational services
  • planning and regulatory functions
  • building partnerships with police, government agencies, representative bodies and community organisations.

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more, contact:

Name Kath Young - Community Safety Coordinator
Phone 1300 434 434