Planning & Programs
Here are some useful tips developed by the Adelaide City Council and South Australian Police on how to stay safe in the city at night. These tips include how to stay safe while walking on the street at night and information on late-night transport services.
A high priority in Adelaide City Council's Creating our Future, City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2008-12 is to ensure that our City is safe and vibrant.
Council has endorsed a three-year Community Safety Strategy that seeks to create a safe and vibrant City Community Safety Strategy
To achieve a safer City, a number of Council safety initiatives have been introduced to reduce crime and improve public safety.
These personal safety advice tips may help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.
For further safety and security advice see the following information from the South Australia Police, the Metropolitan Fire Service and Adelaide Metro
Motorised Scooter Safety
Help cut mobility scooter accidents provides new users of motorised scooters and self-propelled wheelchairs with simple information on safety. When driving your motorised scooter through the City it is important to remember the following:
● Ensure a mobility scooter is a safe choice for you
● Check legal requirements
● Take a test run and get some training
● Be seen and where possible, stick to the footpaths
The TravelSmart Program is a joint initiative of the Government of South Australia in partnership with local government. Transport SA coordinates the program and works with workplaces to promote and facilitate sustainable transport options for cleaner air, less traffic congestion and healthier communities e.g. cycling, walking, public transport, car-pooling, more fuel efficient vehicles .
Neighbourhood Development brings together residents, businesses, social services, community groups and precinct groups to ensure a coordinated approach to local issues and is a critical element in the Integrated Local Area Planning approach. It seeks to consolidate and promote the activities of Council in the context of a particular geographical area, and to support the community representative role of the Lord Mayor and Councillors.
The Precinct Group Support Program aims to support the sustainability and management of City precinct groups and to foster local participation in community based projects and activities.
Social Planning in the Council seeks to ensure that Adelaide is an attractive, welcoming and inclusive place for all people to live, work, study in and visit. In doing this it is important that the City is characterised by a harmonious, robust and diverse mix of people.
Did You Know?
There can be many causes of homelessness, such as poverty, family breakdown or a lack of affordable housing. It can often be compounded by mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and gambling addiction.
Every night, there may be around 100 homeless people ‘sleeping rough’ in our City and a further 600 people in temporary accommodation or emergency shelters (Census 2001 data). Homeless people are often very visible because public spaces become their home and community – in other words, they conduct their daily lives in public places. Living on the street can be dangerous. Homeless people can often have serious health problems that go untreated and they can be the target of crime and violence.
What is being done?
The South Australian Government – through its Social Inclusion Unit – has a commitment to reducing homelessness and provides a range of social and housing services, with significant funding for community agencies to assist people who are homeless and vulnerable.
The Adelaide City Council works closely with the State Government on homelessness issues. It is involved in the development of affordable housing initiatives in the City and also provides some financial assistance to a number of community organisations that offer
support to homeless people.
Government and Non-Government services – often relying on grants and assisted by volunteers – provide a range of services every day to people who are homeless.
» Homelessness Brochure