Friday, December 19, 2014

Community Safety CCTV Boroondara Council, Melbourne launches CCTV installation guidelines Progress Leader Dec 16th 2014

Many dismiss CCTV as "Big Brother" or “useless after the event” but it can also 

provide vital evidence of serious wrongdoing, either circumstantial, or of the offence committed. 

Community Safety also means that we penalise and address serious wrongdoing.

Pete Dowe 

Boroondara set to beef up CCTV installation guidelines

CCTV camera requests from businesses and residents to boost public safety are set to go through a more rigorous application process, after the release of council guidelines. 
The draft Boroondara Council policy, if enacted, will define the extent of the council’s role in resourcing, installing and maintaining CCTV systems in the region. Both the state and federal governments have provided money in the past to support the installation of cameras.
The council has previously been advised that local governments may own and manage cameras in public spaces, but this approach has caused delays
For instance, the council’s application for CCTV in the late-night entertainment area on Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn was made in 2011, but the cameras only became ­active this year.


Which parts of Boroondara would benefit from CCTV? Tell us below.

The council’s director of community development Carolyn McClean said the goal of the draft policy was to provide consistency, clarity and transparency to the community in relation to CCTV.

“(It will) outline how the council will engage, discuss, assess and communicate on public space CCTV issues,” Ms McClean said.

“The policy recommends that in Boroondara’s other shopping centres, where traders are concerned about property damage and shoplifting,

that trader owned and managed CCTV models in partnership with the police are appropriate.”


■ To better focus council’s acquisition and management of CCTV systems

■ To facilitate discussions that support and inform businesses about support from the state and federal

■ To partner with the Victoria Police to inform businesses on best-practice community safety responses

Progress Leader Dec 16th 2014

Community Safety Bail Murders and Violence against Women Sydney Siege Lindt Cafe. Man Haron Monis on Bail Charged with Accessory to Murder of ex-wife and 40 counts of Sexual Assault The Age Online Dec 18th 2014 Parole Remand

Why did this violent man get bail?

Tony Abbott, the Minister for Women, calls a national review into the background to the Sydney siege. 

Is he interested in how a man facing serious charges of violence against women, including 40 counts of sexual assault and accessory to murder of his ex-wife, was out on bail? 

It appears not. What Mr Abbott sees as important is how Monis got citizenship and whether he received government benefits. What we want are answers to the first question.

That he was out on bail when he faced such serious charges is yet another example of not taking risks to women's safety seriously.

If the violence that he is alleged to have perpetrated against a number of women had been seen as a serious risk to the community, 

two people would not have lost their lives so senselessly.


Marg D'Arcy, Kew East 

Letter to the Editor, 

The Age online 18/12/14

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Community Safety Swimming Pool Safety Beach Safety Inland Water Safety & The Age Dec 15th 2014 Toddlers Kids

Safe keeping  

With summer upon us, I would like to remind readers to take care when visiting the beach, inland waters and pools. It has been almost 17 years since the drowning deaths of our two children Ben and Molly and their cousins Catherine and Belinda. 

The tragic deaths of our precious children and the grief and loss that we now live with is something we do not want any family to experience as they venture out on their holidays. 

Swim between the flags; if you don't know the area,  ask the locals; and please read the signs that we have worked so hard on developing. Most importantly, have a wonderful and safe summer.

Derek Wilson, St Kilda East

Derek Wilson,
St Kilda East

The Age 15/12/14 

Pool Safety

Never take your eyes off children in and around the pool. Active supervision means that the child is consistently watched by an adult within arms reach.

Home Pool Safety

Safety barriers – a legal requirement

It is law that swimming pools or spas on private residential properties in Victoria provide safety barriers to restrict access to the pool or spa. Every private swimming pool or spa capable of containing a depth of water exceeding 300mm must have a childproof safety barrier.
A building permit is also required prior to installing the barrier. Safety barriers, even when provided, are no substitute for adult supervision of toddlers and children who are playing in or near swimming pools or spas.
To ensure that your safety barrier remains effective
  • fit and maintain correct safety measures to gates, doors and
    windows (e.g. self-closing, self-latching devices, flyscreens)
  • make sure you remove any items such as chairs, boxes, pool
    pumps that could be used to climb the barrier to access the pool.
For further information, contact your local council or the Victorian Building Authority on 1300 815 127.

Pool Safety Tips

  • Supervision means constant visual contact, not the occasional glance.
  • Even in a supervised public pool never take your eyes off children swimming and if they are under 5 you must be within arms reach.
  • If you leave the pool or water area, even for a moment, take the children with you. A swimming pool fence is not a substitute for supervision.
  • Display a resuscitation chart on your pool fence.
  • Familiarise children with water by taking them to learn to swim lessons, run by accredited AUSTSWIM teachers, at the local pool.
  • Empty paddling pools when they are not in use.
  • Empty baths, basins, sinks, buckets and troughs, immediately after use.

Beach Safety

Always Swim Between the Flags

Any beach can be dangerous. Beach-goers should be careful and always swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled. When swimming between the red and yellow flags, always look back to the beach to check that you are still between the flags. If you choose to swim outside these flags, you could be moving into a more dangerous location.

What is a patrolled beach?

Patrolled beaches are identified by red and yellow flags. With 67 of Victoria’s most popular beaches having lifesaving patrols during the summer months, there’s no reason for you not to swim between the flags. For further information on professional and volunteer patrols check the Life Saving Victoria website.

What if a beach is not patrolled?

As beaches are not patrolled every day of the year, please remember to:
  • check it’s OK to swim
  • never swim alone,
  • read and obey the water safety signs.

What is a Rip?

A rip is a strong water current running out to sea from a beach. Rips can easily sweep swimmers out to sea from shallow water, sometimes several hundred metres offshore. Rips occur at all beach locations, including bays. Common signs of a rip are:
  • murky brown water caused by sand and seaweed
  • being stirred up off the sea bed
  • foam on the surface extending beyond the break
  • waves breaking on both sides of the rip but not inside the rip (the rip may seem calm and inviting)
  • water that appears dark, indicating deeper water
  • debris floating out to sea.

You can survive rip currents by knowing your options:
  • For assistance stay calm, float and attract attention.
  • To escape a rip, swim parallel to the beach.
  • Always conserve your energy, waves can assist you back to the beach.

Inland Water Safety

Look Before You Leap

Many people drown in Victoria’s rivers, lakes and dams or are paralysed after diving into shallow water. The best way to check it’s OK to swim is to ask someone who knows the area, such as a shopkeeper, caravan park owner or park ranger.

Lake Safety

  • Lakes may look calm but are often very dangerous. Strong winds can create choppy conditions making it dangerous for swimming and boating.
  • Strong currents are likely wherever a river enters a lake, and the lake bed may be soft and uneven where silt has been deposited.
  • Cold water in lakes can be lethal. It is often much colder beneath the surface than you think. Suddenly submerging into cold water can cause distress, shock and lack of mobility. If you feel cold, get out of the water immediately.

River Safety

  • Never swim in fast-flowing water. Check the speed first by throwing in a twig to see how fast it travels.
  • If you are caught in a current, float on your back and travel downstream, feet first, to protect your head from impact with any objects.
  • Beware of submerged objects. Trees, branches, rocks and discarded rubbish can be very dangerous.
  • Be careful not to stand near the edge of overhanging river banks, which can crumble away.
  • Conditions can change rapidly due to heavy rainfall or the release of water from storage areas. Remember that what is safe in the morning can be dangerous by the afternoon.
  • Watch out for soft or uneven river beds, which can cause difficulties for waders or swimmers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Community Safety Ban 'Killer Milk' Raw Milk Unpasteurised Milk Cosmetic Mik Bath Milk The Age Dec 15th 2014

Risky drinking 

Drinking raw milk has  no nutritional benefit  ("'Bath milk' recall in wake of child's death", 13/12). 

Nutrient losses during pasteurisation and homogenisation are negligible. 

Moreover, these processes are essential to destroy bacteria and  inactivate enzymes as well as  ensure  the cream separates and does not rise to the top. 

Drinking raw milk not only bestows a health risk, there is also no therapeutic benefit in doing so. The government would be right to ban its use.   

Joel Feren, consultant dietitian, East St Kilda 

Joel Feren, Consultant Dietitian,
East St Kilda

The Age 15/12/14

Monday, December 15, 2014

TACVictoria VIDEO "Mum in a Hurry" School Dropoff/Pickup TAC's anti speed TV ad You Tube Community Safety Xmas/New Year

"And the drop-off can be dangerous, as many parents drive around and around waiting for their children as they themselves don't want to even have to walk to the school gate."

"Road-related trauma is the greatest cause of injury and fatality
for children 5-12 years of age"

"When children see the world from the back seat of a car, they do not have a very good perception of their neighbourhood and their pedestrian skills do not develop,"

"A study from British road safety charity Living Streets shows children driven to school do not learn to negotiate traffic 
and may be vulnerable when they do walk or ride in their neighbourhoods."

Susie O'Brien Herald Sun
July 21, 2008