Community Safety Forum Update

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Broome residents were joined by State politicians, key Government Department personnel and senior WA Police representatives at a Community Safety Forum at the Broome Civic Centre on Monday, December 7 2020.

The meeting was organised to address concerns around public safety and also formed part of the Shire’s engagement process seeking feedback on the Draft Community Safety Plan 2021-2025.

The Broome community turned out in significant numbers with a packed house nearing 300, due to COVIDSafe practices, and had the chance to hear from WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt and Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup.

The evening’s panel was made up of Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey and regional Government heads from WA Police, Department of Justice, Department of Communities, Department of Education, Department of Health and Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services.

Members of the public had the chance to ask questions of the panel directly and provide their feedback on potential solutions.

The meeting was concluded by Minister Wyatt, with an indication the State Government would pledge to assist the region and Shire by considering a range of proposals to help produce positive change.

Cr Tracey said public safety was a community-wide responsibility and the forum was a constructive step in driving improvements.

Next Steps:

The panel members will be meeting regularly in early 2021 to review the feedback on the night and discuss an appropriate response to the community.

The Community Safety Forum video and details of the questions and subsequent answers provided are available on this page. 

More information and updates will be added to this page as they occur. Social media posts will announce when significant additions are made to the page. 

Community questions:

As part of the Community Safety Forum members of the public were requested to submit questions prior to the evening. As timing did not permit for all pre submitted questions to be read at the meeting, the questions have been collated and responses sourced.

Panel members and Shire officers are continuing to work on the responses and the page will be updated regularly.  

Here is the latest Q+A document.(PDF, 183KB)

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