The Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA) would like to congratulate the staff of the City of Melville on becoming the only local council in Western Australia to be currently accredited as a Pan Pacific Safe Community earlier this month.
ICCWA acting Chief Executive, Sandy Lukjanowski, said City of Melville staff and its key partners had worked hard over the last two years to achieve the accreditation, which is an internationally recognised, evidence-based, best practice model for addressing community safety issues at the local level.
“The underlying premise is to identify community priorities for injury prevention and build partnerships across government, non-government and the community sector to address these priorities,” Ms Lukjanowski said.
“The process of accreditation is designed to help the City of Melville reduce injury and promote safety and wellbeing for all in the community.”
The accreditation was announced at Melville’s Safe Day Out on 19 February and acted as a launch pad for the city’s new Safer Melville Plan.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the Melville Safe Day Out was a great family event to educate the community about safety in a fun, interactive way and celebrate its outstanding achievement.
“Working together with key partners such as the City’s Community Safety Service, ICCWA, WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch and many others allows the City to deliver targeted initiatives that address our community’s key priorities in a cost effective manner,” Mr Aubrey said.
Ms Lukjanowski said the concept was characterised by a number of core attributes: Community leadership and participation, program reach, priority setting, data evaluation and communication and networking.
The accreditation process involved an injury prevention priority setting workshop supported by ICCWA to achieve consensus on injury prevention priorities based on available quantitative and qualitative data.
Any other local government interested in applying for Pan Pacific Safe Communities accreditation is urged to contact ICCWA’s Know Injury team for further details and information.
For further information visit The City of Melville website