Keep­ing our home a safe city

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - VAUGHAN DEN­NI­SON, PALMER­STON NORTH CITY COUN­CIL­LOR

Over the past few months coun­cil has been de­vel­op­ing a pro­posed new vi­sion and goals for our city, which we’ll con­sult on next year as part of the 10 Year Plan process.

One goal we’ve iden­ti­fied is be­ing a con­nected and safe city, which demon­strates our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to be­ing a place that is safe for ev­ery­one to live, study, work and play.

As the coun­cil­lor who holds the Safe City and civil de­fence port­fo­lio, I’m ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about mak­ing sure our city is safe for ev­ery­one.

In 2014, Palmer­ston North was awarded Safe City Ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which means we’ve com­mit­ted to go­ing above and be­yond what is re­quired by law to pro­tect and pro­mote the safety and well-be­ing of our cit­i­zens.

This ac­cred­i­ta­tion is not easy to get, and we’ve re­cently made changes to our Safety Ad­vi­sory Board to make sure we main­tain our sta­tus as a safe city.

The board brings to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a range of gov­ern­ment and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the coun­cil, po­lice, iwi, the MidCen­tral District Health Board, ACC and var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Col­lec­tively the board is re­spon­si­ble for the de­liv­ery of emer­gency pre­pared­ness, al­co­hol and drug harm min­imi­sa­tion, crime pre­ven­tion, and ac­ci­dent and in­jury pre­ven­tion.

As chair of the board I’m priv­i­leged to work with a group of peo­ple who are so com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate about look­ing af­ter our city’s res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

Th­ese are peo­ple who are out there on the front­line day in day out mak­ing sure our peo­ple are safe and have ac­cess to the re­sources and sup­port they need.

Coun­cil also em­ploys a Safe City Co-or­di­na­tor who is re­spon­si­ble for track­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of our com­mu­nity safety pro­grammes, re­port­ing on key projects, and pre­par­ing for our reac­cred­i­ta­tion process in 2019.

I look for­ward to keep­ing you up­dated on the things we’re do­ing to keep you safe around our city and com­mu­nity.

MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIR­FAX NZ.

09012017 photo Mur­ray Wil­son/Fair­fax NZ. The Square, Palmer­ston North. Over­cast , Cloudy , Windy....Sum­mer...????

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