- Last updated:
- 12 Sep 2016
Council is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors to the region through working with all stakeholders involved in community safety.
The priority actions council and its partners will undertake over the next four years to contribute towards safer communities are outlined in the Sunshine Coast Community Safety Action Plan 2016-2020. The Action Plan delivers on council’s Corporate Plan commitment for a strong community and supporting an engaged, resilient and inclusive community that embraces diversity.
CALM (Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management)
The CALM liquor accords are voluntary agreements between local community groups that aim to find practical solutions to alcohol-related issues. Council participates in the accords in partnership with State Government agencies, including:
- Queensland Police Service
- Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
- Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Six accords operate across the Sunshine Coast including:
- CALM Caloundra
- CALM Hinterland
- CALM Maroochydore
- CALM Maroochy North Shore
- CALM Mooloolaba
- CALM Nambour
Council, with support from the Queensland Police Service and community members, holds monthly meetings across the region to contribute to a safe and liveable Sunshine Coast community. The committees plan and implement collaborative strategies that enhance safety and social wellbeing in public spaces.
Committees are currently operating in Buderim and Caloundra (Buderim SAFE and Caloundra SAFE).
‘50 in My Street’
Project "50 in My Street" aims to make streets safer by raising motorists' awareness and reminding them to travel at the appropriate speed. This involves placing large, yellow stickers with the graphics “50 in My Street” on resident’s wheelie bins.
This project is a partnership initiative involving:
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Queensland Police Service.
Residents interested in the program should contact their local Neighbourhood Watch committee, or the Queensland Police Service, Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Coordinator.
Sunshine Coast Safe Night Precinct
The Queensland Government has developed the Safe Night Out Strategy and Safe Night Precincts to ensure effective local management of key entertainment areas.
The Sunshine Coast Safe Night Precinct includes the Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra areas. The precinct is managed by a local board, which aims to ensure community safety and precinct amenity. It strives to achieve this through applying collaborative initiatives to minimise public incidents and harm.
The Sunshine Coast Safe Night Precinct board are currently developing a management plan which will:
- promote the responsible service and consumption of alcohol to lessen alcohol and drug-related harm and violence
- plan for and manage the safeness and amenity of the precinct area
- support community organisations providing rest and recovery services to people who have consumed alcohol or used drugs
- raise funds to deliver relevant initiatives in the precinct.
For more information visit the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation webpage.
Beaches and surrounding car parks can often attract crime such as theft and anti-social behaviour. The 'Beach Watch' program brings together Council, the Queensland Police Service, Neighbourhood Watch, and Surf Lifesaving Queensland in an effort to reduce the incidence of such crime in beach locations.
New 'Beach Watch' signs have been installed along Mooloolaba Beach. This messaging encourages beachgoers to report suspicious activity to Policelink on 131 444.
For more information contact the Queensland Police Service, Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Unit on (07) 5409 7944.
For more information, contact council’s Community Safety Officer via council's customer service centre.