(11am, Thursday 12 September 2013, Glebe Youth Services, Glebe Point Road)
Good morning, everyone, it's good to see you all here.
SOCIAL HOUSING SAFETY & WELL-BEING ACTION PLAN
The City is working with stakeholders and the community to develop an action plan to improve the safety and well-being of social housing residents. It will include better access to mental health support and drug and alcohol services, as well as preventative health programs, activities to build stronger communities, safer environmental design and increase community involvement in planning and resource development.
GLEBE COMMUNITY SAFETY PLAN
An evaluation of the Glebe Community Safety Plan 2009-2012 has been completed. This involved focus groups with key stakeholders in the Glebe area and has shown some very positive results. Police reported that crime levels in Glebe are the lowest they've ever been and focus groups participants felt the safety plan was a positive step forward. The full report will be available shortly.
GLEBE PATHWAYS PROJECT
The Glebe Pathways Project is an alternative education program for young people who struggle with the mainstream school system. The City continues to support this project through the Alternative Education network.
Glebe Youth Service has been working with local organisations to develop a collective approach to crime prevention. The City funds Glebe Youth Services to run their After Dark program for young people at night. The organisation also runs a range of daytime activities and services and works closely with the City's own Youth Services team.
The After Dark Program operates on Friday and Saturday nights, providing a safe space where young people can have a healthy meal and get access to case-work and other support services. Youth workers also provide recreation and sport activities and training in life-skills. Over 80 young people are turning up to the program each week.
Girlzone and Boyzone programs are held at the Peter Forsythe auditorium every Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm. These are for young people aged from 12 to 24 and provide a free program in building healthy lifestyles, self-esteem, confidence and employment opportunities. Events and activities provided include rock climbing, gym training, hip hop classes and excursions.
The Namatjira Legacy digital exhibition runs throughout this month. Upcoming events at the Library include The Glebe Art Show which run for just a couple more days, until the 14th, and Who's the Artist? Which is a free event for Art & About running from September 20 to October 20.
On Tuesdays there are special events for children, including Rhymetime from 9.30 to 9.55 for children up to two; Rock 'n Rhyme for half an hour from 10.15 for 2-3 year olds and Storytime from 11-11.45 for three to five year olds.
Another special activity for children is the After School Art Tuesdays, including Think Outside the Square and Kinder Art on October 1, and In the Bin Tuesday on October 22. You can get more details from the library.
The Growing Older Living Dangerously program is available - you can pick up a copy here today showing the programs that run locally.
The Elger and Cowper Street redevelopment site has remain vacant for close to two years after its demolition. A lot of people have expressed their concern at the lack of information on plans for badly-needed social and affordable housing, so the City has asked for an update from the Land and Housing Corporation.
Community leaders are also concerned about the division of Housing NSW between Family and Community Services and Finance and Services, as this is reportedly affecting the management of properties and maintenance.
The City and Housing NSW continue to meet bi-monthly to collaborate on a range of issues including safety, alcohol management, improving waste and recycling as well as improving communication. The City also meets each quarter with Land and Housing Corporation as the asset managers of public housing to deal with strategic planning and redevelopment issues.
The City is now developing a new Safe City Strategy, and is surveying people right across the LGA, both on-line and in other forums, about how safe they feel in their local area and in the broader City. We're encouraging all residents, businesses and visitors to take part so that we can respond effectively to any safety concerns you might have.
The Glebe Markets are held every Saturday at Glebe Primary School.
Pet Day 2013 will be held at Ward Park in Surry Hills on Saturday September 28, from 11am to 3pm. All pets are welcome and there is free transport available to get you and your pet there.
GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOL BBQ PROGRAM
Good Neighbourhood BBQs will begin in October, hosted by the City with NSW Police. Everyone is welcome to discuss any community safety issues, to enjoy the free barbecue and children's activities, live music and other entertainment.
GLEBE STREET FAIR
The Glebe Street Fair will be held on November 17.