Local Government Safe Cities Network

History

Over the past two decades, the local government sector has made a significant contribution in managing and reducing harms caused by alcohol and other drug use in the community.

In recognition of local government’s role in responding to alcohol and other drug-related problems, the Federal Government established the IGCD Local Government Sub-Committee in 2001. Following a review of the National Drug Strategy advisory structure in 2004 the IGCD Local Government Sub-Committee was disbanded.

To ensure the local government sector continued to be consulted and engaged, and in a position to respond to alcohol and other drug-related issues at local government level, the CCCLM and ALGA formed the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee (NLGDAAC) in late 2004. The CCCLM has provided the Secretariat for the Committee since 2011.

Following a 2017 review of the NLGDAAC and its activities, the name was changed to the Local Government Safe Cities Network, to better represent the focus in reducing harm and creating safe spaces and places through planning and design, and protecting those who live, work and visit them.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY

Local governments continuously work to provide safe and healthy communities, including the design and planning of places, providing and monitoring safety through surveillance that ensures residents, workers and visitors maintain a high perception of safety whilst going about their business in our cities, regardless of the time of day or night.

To support this, local government has an important role that provides a whole of government and community response to achieving a reduction in harms. Local governments implement a range of initiatives and strategies that contribute to community health and safety.

PURPOSE

To bring a balanced local government perspective to alcohol and other drug issues in Australian communities by:

  • Contributing balanced information and experience to alcohol and other drug policy discussions at all levels of government
  • The use of planning and local laws to provide safer environments and harm minimisation whilst encouraging a vibrant and diverse night time economy
OBJECTIVES

The LGSCN develops annual strategic plan in line with the following objectives:

  • Advocate local government position to other levels of government
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Provide and utilise research
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Provide a platform for information sharing and development of best practice for members, providing safe and healthy communities and a reduction in harms.
MEMBERSHIP

Membership is available to Councils with an interest in increasing safety in their communities.