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Policing & Safety

While the major parties continue the law and order bidding war, I work for compassionate and practical solutions for the complex and significant crime problems of our densely populated area.

Inner Sydney is Australia's most densely populated area, with severe crime problems (including drug trafficking and street violence), complex policing needs (such as large numbers of visitors and a concentration of entertainment, sporting and cultural events) and continuing problems with homophobic violence.

Sydney needs community policing, with adequately resourced local police who know the complex local situation, who work out of local stations and who are on the streets to prevent crime and target known hot spots. While crime has dropped, police understaffing threatens foot patrols and preventing policing. I continue to push for adequate resources.

I work with Police Local Area Commands, particularly through PACTs (Police Accountability Community Teams), to keep police accountable and in touch with community concerns.

I work with State Government to get increased resources and programs for problem areas. The Rocks, City Central, Kings Cross, Surry Hills, Redfern and Newtown Police Commands all have significant concentrations of licensed premises, and international research shows that crime and anti-social behaviour are linked to larger numbers of licensed premises

To strengthen local action, the City of Sydney is developing a range of policies, including a Night Trading Development Control Plan to guide development of future late night venues; a Drug and Alcohol Strategy; a council-wide Safe City Strategy and targetted responses for known problem areas, such as the Oxford Street Safety Strategy, developed with representatives from NSW Police, the NSW Attorney General's Department, Surry Hills Licensing Accord, ACON and the Lesbian and Gay Anti Violence Project.

I welcome Woollahra Council's Crime Prevention Plan, particularly action on stealing and motor vehicles in Paddington, safety audits and community building to help address concerns. I also support Woollahra Council's action on domestic violence, and alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour, including work with local Liquor Accords.

Recent related information:

Woolloomooloo reaches breaking point: Member for Sydney—Clover Moore MP has called on the State Government to step up its response in dealing with the impacts of homelessness in Woolloomooloo... (16/03/2011)

Minister Fails to Keep Sydney Safe: Council this week refused to revoke improvements to our late night trading planning controls after Government research confirmed assault rates are highest around places selling alcohol... (4/03/2011)

Surry Hills Public Tenants Meeting: Northcott Community Room—Welcome everyone. Id like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of this land... (18/02/2011)

Minister Denies Community Voices on Late Night Violence: Late on Thursday night, the Minister for Planning recklessly ordered the City to halt community consultation about our plan to strengthen planning controls... (18/02/2011)

Planning Minister Silent on Late Night Violence: One day after Council adopted refinements to our Late Night Trading Premises Development Control Plan (DCP) 2007, the Planning Minister directed us to revoke them, without explanation... (4/02/2011)

State News 60, February 2011: My focus for the past term as Member for Sydney was to keep inner city issues on the parliamentary agenda, such as our environment and sustainable living... (1/02/2011)

Councils Need Power to Stop Camping on our Streets: I am concerned about Councils' limited power to prevent backpackers from selling their vehicles and camping on public roads. Local Government's legal... (14/01/2011)

State Government Undermines Action on Late Night Violence: The Minister for Planning's decision to revoke recent amendments to the City's Late Night Trading Development Control Plan (DCP), as the result of pressure from the liquor industry... (17/12/2010)

Alcohol-related Violence and Licensed Premises Operations: Private Members' Statement—I support a Sydney that has an exciting and vibrant night-time culture that provides diverse options including small bars... (3/12/2010)

A Good Night for Everyone: Minor amendments to the City's Late Night Trading Premises Development Control Plan (DCP) will help ensure the night hours are enjoyed by everyone: people wanting a good night out... (26/11/2010)