Park lighting upgrades have positive impact on Mullewa

Published on Friday, 12 October 2018 at 11:12:44 AM

Recent lighting upgrades in the Lions Park Precinct in Mullewa has increased use of the public amenities whilst contributing to a reduction in antisocial behaviour.

In July 2018, the existing light pole in front of the pool entrance and the light pole in the centre of the park were replaced and new LED luminaries installed.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the lighting has led to activation of the area through night-time activity.

“The increased lighting of the Lions Park Precinct means the playground equipment and recreational facilities at the Youth Centre are now being utilised after sunset,” he said.

“We know that place activation is a deterrent to antisocial behaviour and the lighting of the Lions Park Precinct has had a tremendously positive social impact on the community.”

Mullewa Police Sergeant Chris Martin said there had been a large reduction in overall crime in Mullewa in the past months due to the whole of community response to the issue.

“The joint efforts of the Mullewa Police, the City, Meedac Corporation, Mullewa Youth Centre and Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation to engage Mullewa youth who previously convened in the Lions Park Precinct has produced excellent results,” he said.

“This multi-agency collaborative approach to actively involve youth in events and activities during the period of offending combined with increased lighting in the park, which enables clearer CCTV imaging of the area, and evening police patrols has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the antisocial behaviour.

“In fact, there has been a 94.4 per cent reduction in property damage and a 60.4 percent reduction in overall crime in Mullewa since March 2018, making Mullewa a safer more vibrant place to live and work.”

PICTURE CAPTION: New light pole with LED luminaries and CCTV camera located infront of the Mullewa Pool.

Light pole in Lions Parks

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