Your community has spoken!

A community safety workshop was held in Whittlesea in late 2017 with residents identifying the local safety concerns that matter the most to them.

If you completed a survey via engage Victoria, or were one of the 60 residents that shared your insights at the community forum in Whittlesea, thank you for your involvement.

A key safety theme for Whittlesea residents was to have a stronger connection with their local police. Other themes identified were:

  • burglary and theft
  • violence against women
  • alcohol and drug issues amongst youth.

Local community safety initiatives

These decreases are welcome, but they in no way diminish the harm and trauma experienced by victims of crime. There is still more that needs to be done. The Community Safety Statement 2018/19, released in April 2018, sets out exactly what is being done to drive down crime, including addressing the local safety themes identified by the Whittlesea community.

Police are deploying youth specialist officers across the state to help prevent at-risk young people from falling into a life of crime. In addition to the new Mernda police station, more frontline police, Crime Investigation Unit officers and family violence specialists have been allocated to Diamond Creek Division, which includes Whittlesea, to deal with burglaries, thefts, drugs and family violence.

Whittlesea community safety project

In February, ‘Our Minds, Our World’ was launched, an arts-based community safety short film project created by students in Years 8 and 9 from Lakes South Morang P-9 School in collaboration with Whittlesea police officers.

Over 10 weeks, the students met with an artist facilitator, Victoria Police officers and project partners each week to explore the key themes and safety issues affecting their local community. These themes were drugs and alcohol, family violence, mental health and digital crime and safety.

Through these workshops the students created the short film, which was the showcased at the Uni Hill Conference Centre – Bundoora on 19 June in front of their friends, teachers, and peers from other schools located within the local government area of Whittlesea.

You can watch the video on the Eyewatch Whittlesea Facebook page.

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