Project: Regeneration of Autumn Place
Organisation: Casey City Council
Grant fund: Public Safety Infrastructure Fund
Grant amount: $200,000
The City of Casey has implemented a combination of environmental design improvements to encourage legitimate use of the park at Autumn Place by a broader cross-section of the community. Using the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), Council enhanced the space by installing improved lighting, fencing and seating, redesigning access paths and entrance gateways, and installing a new toilet block in a new location.
Prior to the works commencing, a number of innovative community engagement strategies were used to raise awareness of the proposed improvements and garner community support and involvement. During delivery, partnerships between local retail traders and businesses, emergency services, Victoria Police and Council were strengthened, improving the capacity to develop joint responses to other local crime issues.
Since the completion of the project, Council has reported a 20 per cent increase in the perception of public safety and a 30 per cent increase in use of the park. Graffiti incidents halved from December 2013 to December 2014 in comparison to surrounding neighbourhoods, with no reports at all during October and November 2014.
To learn more about this project, watch the video clip or download the fact sheet and presentation slides below.