Friday, April 26, 2024

Council hopes trial isn’t music to the ears of vandals

Swan Hill Rural City Council is set to trial a unique strategy to deter loitering and reduce instances of vandalism.

The Council says it will play classical music in vandalism hot spots across the local government area, including at the McCallum Street public toilets (pictured) in the Swan Hill CBD.

Mayor, Stuart King said escalating costs incurred by regular repair and maintenance efforts,
has prompted Council to proactively pursue alternative innovative solutions aimed at safeguarding public infrastructure and resources.

“Council officers have drawn inspiration from successful implementations in other Councils across Australia and overseas. The decision to introduce classical music as a deterrent aligns with evidence-based strategies proven to mitigate anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

“This initiative underscores our commitment to preserving community assets and enhancing our facilities for residents and visitors alike.

“By leveraging proven methods to deter vandalism, we aim to cultivate an environment of respect and safety within our public facilities,” he said.

The Council has also allocated budgetary provisions in the upcoming financial year for a comprehensive refurbishment of the McCallum Street toilet block as part of its broader Public Convenience Strategy.

“This underscores Council’s dedication to ensuring accessible, well-maintained facilities that meet the needs of our community,” said Mayor King.

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