Community Safety Initiatives
Council have undertaken a number of initiatives towards improving safety in the community. Initiatives include those listed under Crime Prevention (related to the implementation of the Safer Community Compact) and those below:
- The Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan provides a holistic masterplan including place-making elements to guide future development in the Byron Bay CBD. For further information on the Masterplan, please see Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan.
- Council has successfully made a positive impact on the New Year's Eve crowds and behaviour with a new 'Safe Summer in the Bay' approach. Safe Summer in the Bay includes several strategies aimed at making New Year's Eve fun and safe.
- Council continues to work with the Schoolies Safety Response Working Group to deliver a safe environment for school leavers, that encourages respect for the community and a relaxed holiday for schoolies.
- Council has established a 'Vibrant Byron Bay' committee to develop a night-time economy strategy to promote a vibrant and safe night life in Byron Bay for both residents and visitors.
- Council is working closely with several key groups in Byron Bay with the aim of reducing alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in Byron Bay.
- Council was successful in obtaining a Safer Suburbs Grant for Taxi Rank Security. As a result, lighting was upgraded around the Byron Bay Taxi Rank and the installation of CCTV aimed at taxi driver safety.
- Byron Shire Council was the recipient of funding through the Safer Streets Program for the installation of CCTV cameras in the Byron Bay CBD. The project included improved lighting and CCTV cameras in identified hot spots in the Byron Bay central business district to help deter anti-social behaviour, reduce the fear of crime and improve public safety and the perception of safety in the area.
- Lockers were installed in the old Surf Club toilets (now change rooms) to provide residents and visitors with secure storage near Main Beach.
- The Better Byron Crew are employed on a daily basis with maintaining and keeping clean, the Byron Bay Town Centre. This will ensure clear sight lines and a clean and tidy environment assisting with passive surveillance and therefore reduced opportunity for crime.
- An exciting trial of 'laneway activation' was held with the Bay Lane event in conjunction with the Byron Bay Surf Festival in 2014. The project activated a laneway that normally holds parked cars and rubbish bins, into a vibrant, pop-up arts and music event that excited locals and visitors alike. In 2016, Council called for expressions of interest to the Placemaking Seed Fund, aimed at getting the community involved in revitalisation, beautification and activation of the town centre which will provide for a higher level of connectedness for locals.
Please contact Council for further information about these intiatives.
Locals and visitors enjoying the music, arts and food event in Bay Lane Byron Bay (October 2014)