What is the current situation?
Our role has evolved over time, and we no longer provide just basic services. Our community's expectation requires us to be involved in the development of sustainable livable communities which includes an important role in crime prevention. Through reduced crime people feel safer in their community and subsequently, have a greater quality of life.
Contributing factors to the community's fear of crime may include: people's personal experience of crime; being socially and economically disadvantaged and encountering conditions in the neighbourhood that are the result of criminal activity such as graffiti, vandalism and litter; or the ongoing presence of people intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
What needs to be done?
For a Council to succeed in creating vibrant communities, it must create areas where crime is low and a high sense of trust and ownership of the neighbourhood is maintained among the community.
Council and the NSW Government are committed to reducing crime, and helping everyone understand their role in keeping the community safe.
What resources are available?
The following links, prepared by NSW Police and other State Government Departments, are designed to help you assess your security and provide suggestions to help reduce the risk of crime and stay safe.
- Making your house safer
- Preventing crime in your business
- Preventing crime in your community
- Be Prepared for Disasters
Council's Role In Emergencies
Council’s role in emergency management
Council works in collaboration with emergency service organisations to ensure the safety of the community. Council is required to appoint a Local Emergency Management Officer (LEMO) who in the event of an emergency in the Bayside Council Local Government Area will act as the coordinator who will liaise with other emergency services such as NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW State Emergency Service. Council’s LEMO also acts as the chair of the Local Emergency Management Committee. Council provides executive support to the committee which facilitates an effective communication network with all emergency response agencies and ensures that resources will be available to respond to emergencies if the need arises.
Formal plans for emergencies
Council also coordinates the review and update of the local Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) which details arrangements for the, prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies within the Bayside Council Local Government Area.
Other relevant plans include:
For life threatening emergencies call 000
For help in storms and floods call 132 500