Streets Alive dis­con­tin­ued

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

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.”

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