A staged approach to supporting the community safety

Empowering communities brings the community together to listen and respond to community concerns and ideas on how to tackle local issues that impact on crime and safety. The program is implemented in stages over a three year period.

Project progress timeline

The timeline shows that the common goal is now agreed


Coordinating organisation

Empowering Communities in Knox is coordinated by Knox City Council. You can contact the Action Group at: Helen.Wositzky@knox.vic.gov.au (External link)

Action Group established

The Knox Action Group was established in April 2022, bringing together key services, community members and other stakeholders. The Action Group is responsible for connecting the initiative to the broader community and overseeing its implementation.

Knox Action Group members

The following organisations and stakeholders are represented on the Action Group:

  • Knox City Council
  • Traders and businesses
  • Local sporting clubs
  • Basin Community House
  • Fern Tree Gully Village Traders Association
  • Sri Swaminarayan Temple
  • Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service (EDVOS)
  • EACH
  • Fairhills Secondary School and student representation
  • Victoria Police
  • Iranian Community
  • Chinese Community
  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

Building Safer Communities Forum

The Knox Forum was held in May 2022, building on the collective wisdom the community and local stakeholders to consider issues that impact people in Knox. The key themes identified were:

  • safety both at home and in public areas
  • community connection and inclusion
  • cultural awareness and respect
  • reducing substance abuse and associated harm
  • supporting positive mental health.

Watch the Knox Community Safety Forum video: