Strategy promotes safety and well-being in community


A Waitaki Community Safety Strategy which is to focus on community safety and well-being will be launched at a talk by Professor Harlene Hayne on Friday night.

The aim of the talk is to outline the details of how the strategy will work to keep children safe, out of trouble and off the streets.

Waitaki District Council community safety and development coordinator Helen Algar, who initiated the project, said the popularity of the strategy was overwhelming.

“It has exceeded my expectations. I never thought in any way it would be this popular,” she said.

The Community Safety Strategy was developed by the Safer Waitaki Coalition and will be updated on a regular basis.

The strategy would guide the coalition as it worked towards the vision of Waitaki District being “a safe community in which to live, work and play”, Mrs Algar said.

Part of the role of the Safer Waitaki Coalition is to raise achievement across the youth sector by establishing an industrial health and safety employer forum and organising family violence community alcohol harm reduction activities.

Mrs Algar said community safety and well-being was always in need of improvement.

“I would say that our young people in our community need support and we need to do all we can to make sure this happens and is available.”

Paul Olsen, of the Safer Waitaki Coalition, said the organisation had been working hard to target the right issues.

“Safer Waitaki has been working hard on a range of issues and the event will be an exciting opportunity to share our plan with the community, and hear from an eminent presenter about a topic that is important for all of us. We encourage everyone to come along and support the event.”

The talk starts at 6.30pm at the Waitaki Girls’ High School hall. Everyone is welcome.



POSITIVE: Waitaki District Council community safety and development coordinator Helen Algar is overwhelmed by the support of the community.

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