Byron Shire Council has a proven and ongoing commitment to improving community safety and reducing crime, making the Byron Shire an even safer place to live, work and visit. It is well recognised that crime reduction and prevention is more effective when done collaboratively, using a combination of measures that are tailored to local circumstances. The fact sheet (downloadable on the right hand side of the page) outlines achievements since 2012 and what is planned next.
To be eligible for annual crime prevention funding from the state government, Council is required to undertake an evidenced based approach that encourages situational crime prevention measures in consultation with the local community. This approach is to be documented in a Safer Community Compact, which needs endorsement by the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General.
Council is currently developing a new Safer Community Compact 2016 - 2019. If you are interested in providing input or would like further information, please contact Councils Community Development team.
Safer Community Compact 2012 - 2016
Council developed the Byron Shire Safer Community Compact (2012 - 2016) as an evidence-based plan that draws on statistical information to develop a crime profile. Through consultation with the Police, community stakeholders and local service providers, two priority crimes were identified for Byron Shire:
- Assault - Non-Domestic Violence
- Other Theft
The Safer Community Compact outlines strategies for preventing and reducing the incidence of these priority crimes. It cuilds on the 2003 Community Safety Plan, incorporates the 2007 Community Safety Audit of Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads and the 2008 Community Safety Audit of the Byron Bay Central Business District.
Supporting actions on the number 1 priority crime are the Alcohol Free Zones throughout the Shire. In all the town centres, drinking of alcohol in the streets and parks is not allowed.
A copy of the Safer Community Compact is available for download on the right hand side of this page. A Progress Report against the Action Plan is also available as at February 2015.
Council have been successful in obtaining NSW Crime Prevention Funds to implement strategies and projects from the Safer Community Compact, and these are outlined below:
2013 grant round - provision of a late night bus in Byron Bay during the peak summer period and the development of an alcohol education campaign which resulted in a local hip hop group developing music and lyrics to a video encouraging respectful behaviour towards self and the Byron Bay community. The posters and video are accessible at the bottom of this webpage.
2014 grant round - focus on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) by improving street lighting in Fletcher St Byron Bay.
2015 grant round - stage 2 of the Fletcher St Byron Bay lighting project using the principles of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).
Watch our 2013 educational Hip Hop video, click the image below: