Community safety

Safe Communities MackayCommunity safety is define as: “The right of all individuals living, working or visiting Mackay to go about their daily life without fear or risk of harm or injury; and the shared responsibility of government agencies and all other people in the community to ensure this is possible”.

Council surveys and consultations has noted safety as a priority concern for our residents.

Safety means different things to different people. It is not just about the level of crime in our community, it is about developing and implementing programs that can also prevent unintentional injury.  It is about how people feel in our community and there are many factors that affect this.

To improve community safety all sections of the community need to work together to create a safer environment in which to work, live and play.

Council is proud to be involved in partnerships between government and non-government agencies, community organisations and individuals that are developing community safety programs using innovative approaches.

Safe Communities are where all individuals make daily economic and social choices without the fear of becoming a victim of crime or unintentional injury.

City Safe Mackay

City Safe Mackay is a taskforce setup in collaboration between Mackay Regional Council and local authorities to create a safe environment in the Mackay CBD. It currently is an associated project and members of the Mackay Whitsundays Safe Community provide expert advice and support.

Mackay Whitsunday Safe Communities Project

In August 2004 the local government areas of Mackay and Whitsunday became Queensland's first International Safe Communities designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion.

The Mackay Whitsunday Safe Communities Project was established in 2000 as a response to above average injury rates in the region.  The International Safe Communities framework has proven to be an effective means of reducing injury throughout the world.  The framework has a number of criteria and processes and these have guided the activities of Working Groups which have developed to address specific issues in our community.  Through ongoing activities which meet these criteria the Mackay Whitsunday Safe Communities plan to continue their work on local injury reduction.

These criteria are:

  • An infrastructure based on partnership, governed by a cross-sectoral group that is responsible for safety promotion in their community
  • Programs covering all ages, environments, and situations
  • Programs that target high-risk groups and environments, and programs that promote safety for vulnerable groups
  • Programs that document the frequency and causes of injuries
  • Evaluation measures to assess programs
  • Ongoing participation in national and international Safe Communities networks

Operating structure

The Mackay Whitsunday Safe Communities approach consists of a Network Support Group and a number of Project Working Groups.

The Network Support Group includes representatives from the Mackay community, Mackay Regional Council, Whitsunday Shire Council, Queensland Transport, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, James Cook University, Department of Emergency Services and Education Queensland.

There are several project working groups currently involved in the Mackay Whitsunday Safe Communities Project including: