Parks Working Group

The Parks Working Group (PWG) is hosted by the City of Vincent to engage more proactive and problem solving approaches (beyond Council and WA Police responses) to benefit the local community. A priority of the group is developing strategies designed to reduce the increasing number of rough sleepers and homeless persons within the City's parks and public spaces. The group also aims to reduce the high rates of public drinking, inhaling solvents and anti social behaviour.

The collaborative engagement with stakeholders and resulting responsive actions have had a positive effect in reducing many of the complaints of problematic behaviour from residents and businesses. There has also been positive outcomes in dealing with those presenting in the parks with at risk behaviours.

The Salvation Army (Lt Kris Halliday) currently chair the PWG, and additional stakeholders have been included such as the City of Perth and other agencies (NGO's and state and federal government agencies as well), all working together with the aim of reducing the impact of homelessness and using solutions focussed approaches to address anti social behaviours.  The PWG now ties in strategically with the Central Regional Managers Human Services Forum run by WA State government agencies.

The PWG now meets quarterly or on an as required basis to deal with issues as they emerge.

Resources

Terms Of Reference Ratified 22 May 2013

Perth Metropolitan Homeless Response Workshop: Final Report

More Information

Contact our Safer Vincent Coordinator on 9273 6000 or safer.vincent@vincent.wa.gov.au