Council investigating community safety initiatives

23/02/2017 12:00 a.m.

Ashburton District Council is investigating how it will continue to support community safety in the future, starting with a $25,000 independent review of the way Council funds community safety initiatives in Ashburton.

 Council currently funds the Ashburton Safer Community Council Trust to deliver crime prevention and community safety programmes.

 Council Business Support Group Manager Paul Brake says the review is part of Council's ongoing evaluation of the cost effectiveness of services.

 "Ashburton District Council wants to ensure current methods of providing community services are still meeting objectives and providing value for money. This review will help to determine our way forward."

 Council currently provides the Ashburton Safer Community Council Trust with $177,000 of funding per year, a 600 per cent increase in funds since the Council began funding it in 2000.

 In conjunction with funding Safer Ashburton, Council also provides CCTV cameras, security patrols and lighting in the central business district to support crime prevention and improve community safety.

 Under the Local Government Amendment Act 2014, councils must assess the cost effectiveness of delivering their services to the community to ensure they are providing value for money. 

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