A staged approach to supporting the community safety

Empowering communities brings the community together to listen and respond to community concerns and ideas on how to tackle local issues that impact on crime and safety. The program is implemented in stages over a three year period.

Project progress timeline

The timeline shows that the common goal is now agreed


Coordinating organisation

Empowering Communities in Greater Dandenong is coordinated by City of Greater Dandenong Council. You can contact the Action Group through Marek Krol at Marek.Krol@cgd.vic.gov.au (External link)

Building Safer Communities Forum

The Greater Dandenong Forum was held in March 2022, building on the collective wisdom of the community and local stakeholders to consider issues that impact people in Greater Dandenong. The key themes identified were:

  • community connection, inclusion and cultural awareness
  • employment and Education
  • reducing substance abuse and associated harm
  • safety both at home and in public areas
  • health needs and supporting the disadvantaged.

Watch the Greater Dandenong Community Forum video:

Action Group established

The Greater Dandenong Action Group was established in July 2022, bringing together key services and other stakeholders. The Action Group is responsible for connecting the initiative to the broader community and overseeing its implementation.

Greater Dandenong Action Group members

The following organisations and stakeholders are represented on the Action Group:

  • City Greater of Dandenong
  • Victoria Police
  • Local business owners
  • Local residents
  • Mission Australia
  • Dandenong Community & Learning Centre
  • Dandenong West Community Shed
  • Launch Australia
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Wellsprings for Women
  • Afri-Auscare
  • Dandenong High School
  • Department of Justice & Community Safety