Bathurst Community Safety Campaigns

Community Safety

Elder Abuse

Every year, 1 in 6 people aged 60 years and over experience some form of abuse. This abuse leads to severe physical, mental, financial, and social consequences.

The abuse of older people, also known as elder abuse, is defined by the World Health Organisation as ‘a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. This type of violence constitutes a violation of human rights and includes physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse, financial and material abuse, abandonment, neglect and serious loss of dignity and respect’.

In 2020, The Ageing and Disability Commission received 84 reports related to allegations or concerns of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an older person or adult with disability in Western NSW (excluding Dubbo).
83% of reports received in the region are related to an older person.

Abuse of older people is expected to increase given the rapidly ageing population.

To raise awareness of elder abuse in the region, the Bathurst Regional Community Safety Committee distributed a wellbeing checklist and reporting information to all households and local service providers. Additional copies of this document are available at Bathurst Library and The Neighbourhood Centre.

View the wellbeing checklist here....(PDF, 452KB)

View more statistics regarding abuse, neglect or exploitation of an older person or adult with disability in Western NSW here....(PDF, 4MB)

If you have concerns about your situation, or the wellbeing of someone you know, call the NSW Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).

 

Mobility Scooter Safety

Mobility Scooter Safety Tips

Mobility scooters are a popular method of travel for people with limited mobility. People using mobility devices are classified as pedestrians and must follow the same road rules as other pedestrians.

There are lots of things you can do to ensure your mobility scooter is a safe and effective mode of transport for you and those around you.

  • Travel at the same speed of those walking around you, which is often 2-3km per hour. Mobility scooters are not permitted to exceed 10km per hour.

  • It is illegal to operate a mobility device while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Do not obstruct the path of other pedestrians or drivers. Be especially mindful of your surroundings in crowded areas.

  • Stay visible.

  • Install safety flags, reflective strips and lights on your mobility device.

  • Plan your route. Avoid steep hills and driving on the road unless absolutely necessary.

  • Approach hills, curbs and sharp corners with caution. Ensure all wheels remain on the ground to prevent your mobility scooter tipping. Even four-wheel mobility scooters can become unstable.

  • Be careful when carrying packages and shopping. Always use properly installed baskets and racks to carry goods and ensure the mobility device is not overloaded or unbalanced.

Remember, only people with limited mobility should use mobility devices.

For more information about mobility scooter safety and regulations visit https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/ontheroad-65plus/mobility-scooters.html

Using your mobility scooter on public transport

To be able to safely use boarding ramps and to fit within wheelchair allocated spaces on metro, train, coach, bus and light rail services, your mobility aid must be no more than:

Length: 1300mm

Width: 800mm

Weight: 300kg, including occupant, personal items and anyone required to assist on the boarding ramp

Regional trains require mobility scooters to be no more than:

Length: 1300mm

Width: 700mm

Weight: 300kg

For more information about using your mobility scooter on public transport visit https://transportnsw.info

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Neighbourhood Connection

The Bathurst Regional Community Safety Committee have developed a neighbourhood connection campaign as part of the Don't be Next Break and Enter Residential Campaign. This project is funded by a NSW Crime Prevention Grant.

The neighbourhood connection campaign includes a mail out of a tri-fold brochure to all households which outlines some simple household safety tips and includes a tear off neighbourhood connection card. This connection card allows neighbours to introduce themselves and offer assistance to each other when they are on holidays, unwell or need extra help taking bins out/gardening/feeding pets.

The roll out of this campaign will coincide with Neighbour Day on 28 March 2021. Neighbour Day encourages people across all communities to build and strengthen their social connections. The theme of Neighbour Day 2021 is "Every day is neighbour day".

Download the Listen Watch and Act Brochure(PDF, 4MB)

 

Don't be Next Home Security

Don't Be Next - Home Security

>Bathurst Regional Council, along with Chifley Police District and NSW Department of Communities and Justice, have developed a Home Security Program for the Bathurst region  as a part of the Don’t Be Next campaign. Don’t Be Next aims to improve the home security for households in Bathurst. During the program, a variety of resources will be available at a range of local community locations, on Council’s social media pages and Council’s website.

Home Security workshops, pop-up stalls, vouchers to local hardware stores and flyers with an abundance of tips and facts will empower you with key knowledge to help secure your home and will be available over the coming months. A range of insightful and engaging collateral in both digital and printed formats will also be available.

The resources from the Don’t Be Next Campaign along with the crucial support of your friends and neighbours, will empower you to LISTEN, WATCH & ACT to keep our community a safe and happy place.

Download Home Safety Checklist and Property Inventory List(PDF, 3MB)

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Secure and double check your home before leaving.
Listen, watch and act.

Home Safety Checklist

Don't be Next Vehicle Theft

Bathurst Regional Community Safety Committee (BRCSC) and Chifley Police District are reminding residents to secure their cars and hide valuables to reduce the risk of steal from motor vehicle crimes.

According to Inspector David Abercrombie, steal from motor vehicle crimes are common within the Bathurst LGA. The majority of steal from motor vehicle offences occur in residential areas, followed by shopping centres and public places.

To protect yourself from steal from motor vehicle crimes, BRCSC recommends you:

  •  Lock it – Close windows. Lock doors. Lock toolboxes. Never leave keys in cars

  • Secure it – Keep your garage door locked or park in a well-lit area

  • Hide it – If you are leaving valuables in the car hide them from sight or in the boot

  • Report it – Report all criminal and suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

 

Vehicle Theft

COVID 19 Scams

Bathurst Regional Council and Chifley Police District are encouraging residents to be extra vigilant after a number of COVID-19 related scams have been identified.

According to Scamwatch, scammers are pretending to be trusted government agencies and services such as myGOV, Centrelink and Department of Health sending text messages and emails that contain malicious links which will steal personal and financial information.

To protect yourself from scams, Scamwatch recommends you:

  • Don’t assume you know who you are dealing with;
  • Don’t share your personal, banking or credit card information with people you don’t know or trust;
  • Don’t click on hyperlinks in text/social media. Go directly to the website through your browser;
  • Always verify a contact by finding them in an independent source such as a phone book;
  • Never provide a stranger remote access to your computer, even if they claim to be from your service provider;
  • Look at reviews before purchasing online;
  • Be cautious and trust your instincts;
  • Always ask yourself, could this be a scam? 

For more information on current scams and how to identify them visit https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/current-covid-19-coronavirus-scams

Covid Fraud

 

Senior's Fraud Information

The ‘Avoid Being Scammed – Tips for Seniors’ Campaign was launched in March 2020 in response to the high incidence of fraud targeting older people within the community.

The tip sheet below provides simple strategies residents can use to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of fraud was developed and distributed throughout the community.

The Campaign included;
- A fridge magnet containing tips and where to seek help information
- A 50 page notepad designed to be placed by the telephone featuring tips and where to seek help information.
- A tip sheet flyer delivered to 10,400 local households

 

Seniors Safety Tips

Red Bench Project

The Red Bench Project is the first campaign to be rolled out as part of the Plan.

The Red Bench Project is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation, to create a permanent reminder that domestic violence occurs within all communities.  The presence of a Red Bench in a public space aims to raise public awareness and provides an opportunity for this important issue to remain visible.  From September 2019, Red Benches have been installed in Kings Parade,  Machattie Park, Haymarket Reserve and the Kelso Community Hub.

Red Bench Project

Safety Tip Sheets

Seniors Safety Tip Sheet

A fridge magnet was developed for seniors to provide ideas on how to keep their properties safe in regards to malicious damage, break and enter dwelling and steal from a motor vehicle. The tip magnet also provides local emergency contact numbers.

Seniors Safety Tip Sheet

Business Safety Tip Sheet

Business also have their own tip sheet, aiming to provide some simple and effective measures to prevent businesses becoming a target for crime, reducing losses and keeping staff and customers safe.

Business Safety Tip Sheet(PDF, 388KB)

 

Don't Invite Crime

The Bathurst Community Safety Committee, launched their newest community safety campaign called Don't Invite Crime in April 2017.

The focus is on encouraging Bathurst residents to become more proactive in the measures they take to protect themselves from the crimes of break and enter dwelling and steal from a motor vehicle. The Don't Invite Crime campaign will provide people with simple tips and advice on how to target harden their homes, vehicles and property.

The first tip sheet gives some General Security Tips(PDF, 201KB)  for everyone to follow. So please read over these and work on trying to implement some in and around the home.
Don't invite Crime Tip Sheet

The second tip sheet focuses on Vehicle Security(PDF, 96KB).  Please consider these tips to ensure your vehicles are safe and secure.
Don't invite Crime Tip Sheet

The third tip sheet focuses on Property Security(PDF, 246KB).  Follow these simple tips to keep your property secure.
Don't invite Crime Tip Sheet

The fourth tip sheet focuses on Personal Safety(PDF, 223KB).  Protect your own personal safety when out and about by following these suggestions.
Don't invite Crime Tip Sheet

The fifth tip sheet focuses on Home Security(PDF, 228KB).  Introduce a number of these easy and inexpensive changes to improve your home security.
Don't invite Crime Tip Sheet

The final tip sheet focuses on Holiday Security(PDF, 246KB).  Consider these tips when going on holidays to ensure that your home is secured properly whilst you are away.
Don't invite Crime Tip Sheet

 

Bathurst says NO to Domestic Violence

In 2015, the Bathurst Community Safety Committee, in conjunction with key community stakeholders worked on increasing the awareness of Domestic Related Violence and its impact on the local community.

The ‘Bathurst Says No to Domestic Violence’ campaign was launched in November 2015.

The campaign is focused on members of the community taking the pledge to say no to domestic violence. White Ribbon Australia came on board as a supporter of the initiative, and Bathurst Mayor was inducted as a White Ribbon Ambassador.

The Bathurst Says No to Domestic Violence’ Facebook page currently gained more than 700 likes, and hundreds of pledges from members of the Bathurst Community. The ‘DV Pledge Booth’ was set up in various locations around Bathurst including Bathurst City Centre, Bathurst CSU Campus, Bathurst Regional Council Civic Centre and Works Depot, Stockland Bathurst, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Denison College Kelso High Campus. Community members were able to pledge their support by having their picture taken whilst holding up the campaign poster, with the images then posted to the Facebook page. 

In 2016 The Bathurst Community Safety Committee continued to increase awareness and expand the ‘Bathurst Says No to Domestic Violence’ campaign, encouraging all members of the community to pledge their support.

Domestic Violence

 

Malicious Damage to Property/Anti-Social Behaviour

Malicious damage to property involves the wilful and unlawful damage, or defacement, of public and private property, including graffiti and vandalism.

The Bathurst Regional Community Safety Committee has developed a set of posters to encourage residents to report malicious damage and anti-social behaviour.

Download the posters here...(PDF, 6MB)

Anti Social Posters

Anti Social Poster

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence  

1 in 3 women have been subjected to violence at least once in their lifetime, with less than 40% of these women seeking help of any sort.  

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence takes place annually from 25 November to 10 December and is a time to come together and take action to end violence against women and girls, and all other forms of gender-based violence.  

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).  In an emergency, call the Police on 000 (triple zero). 

 

Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Support Services  

  • 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service  

  • NSW Domestic Violence Line (1300 656 463 / TTY 1800 671 442)  24hrs/7 days a week provides counselling, information and referrals for women and same sex partners who are experiencing domestic violence. 

  • NSW Police Force Community Portal portal.police.nsw.gov.au information and support for adults who have been sexually assaulted.  This includes access to the Sexual Assault Reporting Option where you can report anonymously or request a follow up from police.  

  • Bathurst Sexual Assault Service on call Monday, Wednesday, Friday 0458 459 185 

  • Bathurst Sexual Assault Service on call Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 0458 710 726 

  • Bathurst Community Health Sexual Assault Counsellors 6330 5213 

  • In an emergency, call 000.  

 

Homelessness Support Services  

  • Link2Home Homelessness 1800 152 152  

  • Wattle Tree House 1800 851 858 

  • Bathurst Women and Children’s Refuge 1800 738 303 

  • Veritas House – Youth Refuge 6331 1675 or 1300 011 973 

 

 

Going Nuts in the Bush 

Council has partnered with Housing Plus to host ‘Going Nuts in the Bush’, a free community event running simultaneously in Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee where people can join in dancing the Nut Bush by Tina Turner, a survivor of domestic and family violence.  

When: 10am Friday 1 December 2023  

Where: Kings Parade.  

View the event flyer here(PDF, 153KB)   

 

16 Days of Activism Reading List

Read more about gender-based violence using the Bathurst Library’s 16 Days of Activism Reading List:

Picture Books

  1. No difference between us: teaching children about gender equality, respectful relationships, feelings, choice, self-esteem, empathy, tolerance, and acceptance.

    Author: Jayneen Sanders.  Illustrated by Amanada Gulliver

    Jess and Ben are twins. Jess is a girl and Ben is a boy but in all the BIG ways, there is NO difference between them!

    Explore with the children in your care the important issues of gender equality and respectful relationships. Combining cheerful illustrations and a simple but effective narrative, this book will help children to understand that, fundamentally, there is no difference between us.

     

  2. Respect

     

    Author: Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson.  Illustrated by Lisa Kennedy

     

    A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves. Part of the Our Place series which welcomes children to culture.

     

  3. Rosie Revere, engineer

    Author: Andrea Beaty.  Illustrated by David Robers

    Rosie Revere dreams of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats: Rosie's gizmos would astound--if she ever let anyone see them. Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose (aka Rosie the Riveter!), who shows her that the first flop isn't something to fear--it's something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail if you quit.

  4. Some boys

    Author:  Nelly Thomas.  Illustrated by Sarah Dunk

    Your boy might like rough, tough, gentle or pretty stuff. He might wear shirts, skirts, hats or plaits. He might get sad sometimes, and mad sometimes. He might feel shy sometimes and want to fly sometimes! Some Boys says it's all good - all boys can be whoever they want. 

     

  5. Some girls

    Author: Nelly Thomas.  Illustrated by Sarah Dunk

    "Some Girls" is a story about how everyone is different and special in their own way. It's about knowing that you can do, and be, anything you want. Whether your girl is rough, tough, gentle or pretty, this book is for her. She might have short hair, long hair, big hair or strong hair. "Some Girls" says all girls can look however they want! "Some Girls" encourages all girls to be free of stereotypes and other kids and adults to allow them to be.

     

    Junior Non-Fiction

  6. Stories for boys who dare to be different: true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons. 

    Author: Ben Brooks.  Illustrated by Quinton Winter

    A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.

     

  7. What is gender?  How does it define us? And other big questions.

    Author: Juno Dawson

    What's the difference between sex and gender? What does it mean to be defined by your gender? Are there only two genders? This informative book helps kids to explore these questions and many more. It explains how your gender can have an impact on your life, what it means to choose your own gender identity and the importance of gender equality. 

     

    Junior Fiction

  8. The restless girls

    Author: Jessie Burton.  Illustrated by Angela Barrett

    For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia's death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom.

    But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can't take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.

     

    Teen

  9. Moxie

     

    Author: Jennifer Mathieu

    Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

     

  10. Rebel of the sands

     

    Author: Alywn Hamilton

     

    Dustwalk is Amani's home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

    Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan's enemies are on the rise.

     

    Adult Non Fiction

  11. Boys will be boys

    Author: Clementine Ford

    All boys start out innocent and tender, but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. Our world conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also of their own.

    Ford demolishes the age-old assumption that superiority and aggression are natural realms for boys, and demonstrates how toxic masculinity creates a disturbingly limited and potentially dangerous idea of what it is to be a man. Crucially, Boys Will Be Boys reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls, and asks what we have to do to reverse that damage. The world needs to change and this book shows the way.

     

  12. Fight like a girl

    Author: Clementine Ford

    Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

     

  13. Fixed it: violence and the representation of women in the media

     

    Author: Jane Gilmore

     

    On average, at least one woman is murdered by a current or former partner every week in Australia. Far too many Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence. Only rarely do these women capture the attention of the media and the public. What can we do to stem the tide of violence and tragedy?

    Finally, we are starting to talk about this epidemic of gendered violence, but too often we are doing so in a way that can be clumsy and harmful. Victim blaming, passive voice and over-identification with abusers continue to be hallmarks of reporting on this issue. And, with newsrooms drastically cutting staff and resources, and new business models driven by rapid churn and the 24 hour news cycle journalists and editors often don't have the time or resources bring new ways of thinking into their newsrooms.

    Fixed It demonstrates the myths that we're unconsciously sold about violence against women, and undercuts them in a clear and compelling way. This is a bold, powerful look at the stories we are told - and the stories we tell ourselves - about gender and power, and a call to action for all of us to think harder and do better.

     

  14. Highway of tears: a true story of racism, indifference, and the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

    Author: Jessical McDiarmid

    For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern British Columbia. The corridor is known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis.

    Journalist Jessica McDiarmid meticulously investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference have created a climate in which Indigenous women and girls are overpoliced yet underprotected. McDiarmid interviews those closest to the victims—mothers and fathers, siblings and friends—and provides an intimate firsthand account of their loss and unflagging fight for justice. Examining the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the region, McDiarmid links these cases to others across Canada—now estimated to number up to four thousand—contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in the country.

    Highway of Tears is a piercing exploration of our ongoing failure to provide justice for the victims and a testament to their families’ and communities’ unwavering determination to find it.

     

  15. On rape

    Author: Germaine Greer

    It’s time to rethink rape. Centuries of different approaches to rape—as inflicted by men on women—have got us nowhere.

    Rape statistics remain intractable: one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Very few rapes find their way into court. The crucial issue is consent, thought by some to be easy to establish and by others impossible. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons.

    In On Rape Germaine Greer argues there has to be a better way.

     

  16. See what you made me do: power, control and domestic abuse

Author: Jess Hill

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today.

Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do radically rethinks how to confront the national crisis of fear and abuse in our homes.