Tweed Coolangatta Community Safety Action Committee
The Tweed Coolangatta Community Safety Action Committee is an interagency group facilitated by the City of Gold Coast and Tweed Shire Council, and includes members from local community organisations, New South Wales and Queensland police, tourism bodies and Chambers of Commerce.
The Committee formed in 2003, and meets regularly to address crime and community safety issues affecting the cross border region. The Committee endorsed a revised Community Safety Action Plan in 2007. Six key action areas were identified through research and community consultation - safety in public spaces, supporting young people, alcohol management, property crime prevention, seniors safety and developing a stronger evidence base for responding to current and emerging crime and community safety issues.
Initiatives supported by the Committee include:
- CoolHeads project - run by St Joseph's Youth Service, CoolHeads is a youth outreach project where low-key activities are provided for young people in Goodwin Park, Coolangatta, every second Friday night. Activities are also held in northern New South Wales on alternate weekends.
- Safety audits of key public spaces - Coolangatta Foreshore, Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Chris Cunningham Park, Griffith Street, Goodwin Park.
- Business safety - fact sheets developed for business owners and operators to assist in reducing the risks of crime, with a specialised insert relevant to the cross border region.
- Beach locker trial at Rainbow Bay - free lockers were provided at the beach to encourage people to secure valuables and prevent theft.
- SAILS project - program involving sailing lessons for young people as a positive, diversionary activity to assist in developing life skills.
- Healthy relationships - domestic abuse and bullying awareness sessions run in schools.
For more information please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6881 or email email@example.com.