The Marshall Government has committed up to $300,000 ($100,000 a year for three years) to curb anti-social behaviour in Port Augusta by reinstating the City Safe or a comparable program in partnership with the Council and Federal Government. This is follows having put the suggestion forward in 2019 and since.
“Port Augusta is an outstanding community, but like many other local people I’m deeply concerned by the behaviour we’re seeing on the streets, especially in the CBD,” said Deputy Premier Dan van Holst Pellekaan.
“The people of Port Augusta are being subjected to completely unacceptable levels of anti-social behaviour and I urge the council to take up my offer to help fund a re-instated City Safe or a comparable program.
“It is the shared responsibility of all three levels of government (council, state and federal) to effectively address these broad ranging social challenges and achieve the best outcomes for the community.
“The council decided to withdraw the City Safe program after fully funding it for 11 years due to financial pressures and believing its program had transitioned to include state and federal government responsibilities.
“Accepting the state government’s offer would address both of those concerns, and I urge council to do so immediately so we can then seek the federal government’s participation together as soon as possible.”
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