A “milestone” has been reached in the district’s application towards accreditation of Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ).
On Monday representatives from 19 community groups signed the Safe Communities Charter. Half a dozen more signatures will follow in the coming weeks.
In total, 25 community groups are part of the steering group involved with the Safe Communities application, which will demonstrate leadership and collaboration and a focus on improving community safety.
The steering group has helped to identify six priority areas for Safe Communities Ashburton District. They are road safety, rural safety, falls in those 65 years plus, harm reduction/prevention, alcohol, drugs and community safety programmes, and the environment.
Accreditation co-ordinator Lesley Symington said the signing of the charter represented a “significant milestone” in the application process.
Groups involved had been coming together for a number of months to discuss the reduction and prevention of crime and injury and to offer input into the accreditation process.
Accreditation of SCFNZ would help direct the collective effort and deliver positive outcomes for Ashburton district, she said.
At the charter signing ceremony Safer Communities Ashburton District chair Liz McMillan said the 25 agencies involved were focused on improving community well-being and safety.
They represented social and health services, education, Ashburton council, government agencies, emergency services and others.