Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I AM left won­der­ing about what to do to make my com­mu­nity safer.

Af­ter read­ing headlines and ac­cu­sa­tions that crime is go­ing through the roof and that a 24hour po­lice sta­tion will solve every­thing, let us put pol­i­tics aside and at­tend the fo­rum on Septem­ber 1 at the Bel­mont RSL in As­cot to hear what Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey, and Men­tal Health Min­is­ter An­drea Mitchell have to say.

There is no easy so­lu­tion to solve crime, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, drug abuse and men­tal health is­sues.

Un­less we ap­proach the prob­lems united and work as one, the po­lice (no mat­ter how many are on the street or whether the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion is open 24 hours a day), not all the gov­ern­ment agen­cies, Neigh­bour­hood Watch and Bel­mont se­cu­rity pa­trols can solve the prob­lems on their own.

There­fore, I urge ev­ery­one from all sides of pol­i­tics and gen­uinely con­cerned Bel­mont res­i­dents to go along and hear first-hand what is be­ing done, and what can be done to re­solve th­ese grow­ing prob­lems in our com­mu­nity and in com­mu­ni­ties across WA. ROBERT ROSSI, Kew­dale.

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