Streets Alive discontinued
FUNDS for a community safety initiative will be discontinued from July, as voted by the South Perth councillors at last month’s council meeting.
Councillor Greg Milner introduced the amendment to the City of South Perth Cultural Plan 2019-2023.
Streets Alive allowed South Perth residents to request reimbursements of up to $200 from hosting a neighbourhood activity.
Cr Milner said these public funds could be spent another way to promote neighbourhood safety.
“The City receives approximately 10 Streets Alive funding applications per annum and each activity attracts approximately 25 people,” he said.
“In the previous financial year, the City’s expenditure on this program was approximately $1500.
Kensington Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Samantha Duhamel said she applied for the grant for the first street gathering, which has since turned into the Neighbourhood Watch group.
“You cannot quantify the impact it had on our street,” she said.
“For us, we had a lot of small crimes in the area; it makes us feel safer by knowing our neighbours.
“If it wasn’t for the initial grant, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”