Man­durah be­com­ing safer city

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MAN­DURAH is be­com­ing a safer place to live and work, ac­cord­ing to City chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark New­man.

Crime statis­tics show that over the past 10 years, de­spite a big in­crease in pop­u­la­tion, the num­ber of crimes in al­most all cat­e­gories have dropped, with as­saults al­most halved.

Mr New­man said one of the key ini­tia­tives of the long-term strat­egy to im­prove com­mu­nity safety was so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

“We want to tackle these dif­fi­cult is­sues at an early stage, which is why work we are do­ing to re­duce teenage al­co­hol con­sump­tion is im­por­tant,’’ he said.

Man­durah re­cently im­ple­mented the Smart Gen­er­a­tion Pro­gram, co-or­di­nated by Deakin Uni­ver­sity, aimed at re­duc­ing high rates of un­der­age drink­ing. As part of the pro­gram, com­mu­ni­ties hold re­search into the sale of al­co­hol to mi­nors.

The City is putting bot­tle shops to the test by check­ing whether they are selling al­co­hol to young peo­ple with­out a valid ID.

“The last time we ran the tests, two out of 20 were not do­ing the right thing; in the most re­cent tests there were three. We want li­censees and staff to hear the mes­sage clearly: when you sell al­co­hol to mi­nors you are fail­ing in your job,” Mr New­man said.

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