As of this weekend, ambassadors will be on standby at a "Safe Space" vehicle as part of a new pilot program to make our City's entertainment precincts safer. They will offer first aid, water, phone and internet access and transport information to vulnerable young people who may be intoxicated or affected by drugs.
The program has been developed by the City in partnership with the NSW Attorney General's office, the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation and The Salvation Army. Ralph and Kathy Kelly, Attorney General Brad Hazzard, the Salvation Army and I launched the program at Town Hall yesterday.
We've designed the Safe Space program so young people can look forward to a safer night out in Sydney this summer.
A team of specially trained Salvation Army volunteers, the 'Take Kare Ambassadors', will be on hand to offer support and practical advice, from providing water to help people sober up, to organising transport home or phoning a friend or family member. The ambassadors will also patrol the CBD's entertainment precincts and work closely with NSW Police and the City of Sydney's CCTV operators to identify people who are in need of assistance or vulnerable to crime.
The trial will run from 10pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights for the next three months.
We have already worked with the State Government to develop our Kings Cross and CBD Entertainment Precinct Plans of Management to ensure the City's late night trading precincts are welcoming and safe. The plan of management includes Variable Message Signs displaying transport and safety information, ten new CCTV cameras and signage as well as a secure taxi rank on Bayswater Road.
We will continue to develop and support new measures to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors late at night.