“Working together for a safer community”
October will be Community Safety Month, a time to focus on safety and work together to keep our neighbourhoods safe.
Community Safety Month reminds us that we are safer if we are aware, informed and prepared. We are also safer if we support one another – at home, in our workplaces and in the community.
Moonee Valley is a safe place to live, work and to enjoy, and we want to keep it that way. You should be able to go about your daily activities and be confident and feel safe.
In any activity, your personal safety and the safety of family and friends should always be your priority.
- Be alert and make good decisions that enable you to enjoy yourself and stay safe.
- Your personal safety is improved when you are aware of your surroundings, know how to avoid risks, have access to reliable information and have prepared strategies to stay safe.
We run a number of programs that can assist you in remaining safe including our community safety register, and road safety program. We also have information about safety barriers requirements for pools and spas.
We recommend the Safety Victoria website as a comprehensive source of health and safety information that can help you avoid risks, or to prepare for and deal with safety issues should they threaten or arise. This site has tips and information about a variety of safety issues including emergency preparation and recovery, safety for children and safety in the home. Also take a look at the National Crime Prevention Council website.
Check your household safety
- Make sure smoke alarms are working
- Have a fire extinguisher in the house
- Replenish your first aid kit
- Ensure doors and windows are secure before going to bed
- Discard and replace electrical items that do not work properly or have damaged or frayed cords
- Make sure medicines are stored securely
- Make sure items that could be swallowed by small children are kept out of reach
Stay safe at work
- Ensure you wear protective equipment when using machinery
- Protect yourself from the sun by using 50+ sunscreen
- Don’t put yourself into a situation in which you don’t feel safe
Prepare for an emergency
- Prepare an emergency plan and ensure the whole household knows what to do if there is an emergency
- Learn First Aid
- Teach children how to get out of the house if there is a fire
- Have a torch and a battery operated radio in case power goes out
Look out for others
- Get to know your neighbours
- If you spot a hazard in the street, report it to Council on 9243 8888
- Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00 to report suspicious activity or information on crime in your area.
- If there is an emergency, call 000 to report it
Community Safety Program
Our Community Safety Program 2011-2014 (pdf, 6MB) recognises that local residents, businesses, students, community services, and governments all play a valuable part in achieving a safe community.
It provides a space for collaboration, monitoring, research, and learning and development in the area of community safety, and coordinates community safety activities.
The three key priority areas are:
- Innovative and responsive service delivery
- Quality evidence collection and dissemination
- Sustainable and productive partnerships
For more information on the Community Safety Program, contact our Community Development unit 9243 8888.