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Community Safety

Byron Shire Council has a proven and ongoing commitment to improving community safety, and reducing crime. Council recognises that crime reduction and prevention is not the sole responsibility of the Police, but requires a partnership linking the commitment and efforts of the whole community.


Council have undertaken a number of initiatives towards improving safety in the community. Initiatives include: Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan; Safe Summer in the Bay (New Year's Eve); Bay Lane Activation Event; Schoolies Safety Response; Vibrant Byron Bay; Taxi Rank Security and CCTV in Byron Bay.

Council developed the Byron Shire Safer Community Compact (2012 - 2016) as an evidence-based plan that draws on statistical information to develop a crime profile. NSW Crime Prevention grant funds have been successfully applied to implementing projects to reduce the impact of the two priority crimes identified for the Byron Shire.

Byron Shire Council was the recipient of funding through the Safer Streets Program for the installation of CCTV cameras in the Byron Bay CBD. The project includes installation of improved lighting and CCTV cameras in identified hot spots in the Byron Bay central business district to help deter anti-social behaviour, reduce the fear of crime and improve public safety and the perception of safety in the area.