Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The City of Mandurah has implemented trial security patrols in the city centre over the Christmas period in response to antisocial behaviour in the area.

The patrols started on Monday, and are a tactical response to a range of ongoing complex issues in the city centre and their impact on local businesses.

Mayor Rhys Williams said an action-oriented approach was needed after hearing the concerns of city centre tenants and business owners recently.

“We recognise that we need to get down to business and take action now. This is not about planning, this is about doing,” Mayor Williams said.

"These patrols have been rolled out five days after meeting with the local businesses, showing that the City is listening and responding to concerns of the business community.

“We recognise the set of challenges we face, which is why we’re committed to finding long-term solutions to complex social issues.

“Hopefully this security presence will bring some relief to businesses in the city centre in the short term.

“We’re really grateful to the businesses for working with us to find meaningful solutions.”

The patrols will continue until the second week of January 2018, with their effectiveness reviewed shortly after in consultation with business owners.

The patrols will be complementary to a range of community safety initiatives already undertaken by the City including the Mandurah Liquor Accord, partnerships with WA Police and support agencies, sace activation activities and the Smart Street Mall revitalisation project.