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2013/14 City of Darwin annual report



2013/14 City of Darwin annual report

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City of Darwin annual report 2013/14


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CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 76 77 Public Places The public places program is responsible for minimising illegal camping/ sleeping activities in public places and to ensure public facilities are free from obstruction. Working in conjunction with the NT Police, Larrakia and HEAL, Council Rangers conduct regular daily inspections of both suburban parks and foreshore areas known to be popular amongst travellers engaging in illegal camping activities. Areas such as Mindil Beach, East Point Reserve and the CBD Esplanade are closely monitored due to their popularity and ease of access to public facilities. In addition, Councils General Rangers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Local Government Act, Darwin City Council By-laws and the Northern Territory Litter Act and to issue infringement notices or cautions, where appropriate, for any observed breach. For the 2013/14 period a total of 1,091 infringements were issued relating to public places. Infringements were issued for matters relating to illegal camping, abandoned vehicles, vehicles encroaching onto a public place, long grass on a property (untidy allotments), stacking and storing of goods in a public place, abandoned shopping trolleys and litter. Animal Management In 2013/14, City of Darwin undertook an audit of its Animal Registration program. Rangers visited residential properties, suburb by suburb, throughout the Darwin municipality, to identify unregistered dogs. Residences where unregistered dogs were found were informed of the requirement to have their pet registered in accordance with City of Darwin By-Laws. As part of the registration drive audit letters were also distributed to 6,259 apartment and unit letter boxes, providing information to residents regarding City of Darwins registration requirements. At 30 June 2014, there were 7,700 dogs and 1,471 cats registered with the City of Darwin. The activities of the Animal Registration audit resulted in: 13,828 properties visited with a total of 1,543 unregistered animals identified 11.83% of households visited have 1 or more unregistered animals Currently the compliance rate is around 53.42% 874 registrations have been paid in response to the audit with a total value of $40,543 21 new licences to keep more than 2 dogs have been issued with a total value of $2,457 6,259 letters issued to apartment/ unit dwellers outlining registration requirements with 54 cats and 118 dogs registered as a result with a total value of $5,382 41 infringements have been issued to date with a total value of $6,109 In 2013/14 the Animal Management team continued to be provided with extensive training from specialist dog behavioral experts to ensure the best possible practices are employed whilst undertaking animal management activities. Day visits were also conducted of local town camps and Indigenous communities to provide health care to animals residing on the communities and providing education to community members on the importance of sustaining an effective animal health program. These management programs were a successful collaboration between AMIRIC, local Darwin vets and City of Darwin. Key outputs from Councils Animal Management program during 2013/14 included: Council received 616 calls from the public concerning dogs at large, 218 reported instances of dog attacks and 118 calls for barking including dogs causing nuisance A total of 590 infringements were issued for By-law offences involving dogs and cats. The operation of City of Darwins Animal Pound saw 915 dogs and 377 cats processed during 2013/14. annual registrations During the year, City of Darwin has continued to identify opportunities to ensure our internal processes are efficient and effective. As a result, from 2014/15 City of Darwin will implement a program to annualise Animal Registrations. The revised program aims to both improve compliance and streamline registration processes for Council and pet owners alike. cIty Of DARWIN RANgeR cIty Of DARWIN ANIMAL pOUND A Safer Darwin - Darwin Safer City Project During 2013/14 Council resolved to embark on a pilot project aimed at making the City of Darwin a safer place to live, play, visit and work. The Darwin Safer City Project focusses on addressing social challenges as a result of public intoxication and is underpinned by harm reduction principles and evidence based stakeholder collaboration and partnerships. The scope of the pilot project has been informed by the results of a Stakeholders Forum on Public Intoxication held in the municipality during the 2012/13 financial year. The Forum, held in partnership with the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors and National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee, explored the complexities surrounding public intoxication locally and nationally and identified priority change areas and strategic directions for improving the Darwin experience. Emergent from the Forum was a high level of interest in working together as organisations to address public intoxication issues, recognising that responsibility lay with no single agency nor the solution. Council allocated $370,000 to fund the pilot project which is scheduled to conclude in March 2015. Funding of $60,000 was also received from the Northern Territory Government in support of the project. Key actions of the pilot project include establishing a Safer Community Support Service, resourcing an assertive outreach response to vulnerable people in public spaces, public space activation, supply control advocacy and developing a Darwin Safer City Plan. Assertive Outreach The Darwin Safer City Assertive Outreach program commenced in April 2014. The core focus of Assertive Outreach is to engage directly with vulnerable people in public spaces who are struggling with alcohol issues to bridge them with key health, support and wellbeing services including accommodation, sobering up and return to country. Assertive Outreach works very closely with local community service providers linking people with appropriate services. Safer Community SupportService The Safer Community Support Service works with local businesses and community members to build their capacity in managing community safety issues. The program is underpinned by crime prevention principles and draws upon Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and community engagement in its approach. < >

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