We are calling for expressions of interest from businesses in the City of Melville to be part of a Business Community Reference Group (BCRG) for the Business Safety Project to assist the City in exploring the safety needs and concerns of local businesses in the City of Melville.
Further information can be found in the Business Reference Group, Business Safety Project Terms of Reference.
From Monday, 5 February to 5.00pm Wednesday, 21 February 2018, you can register your interest to join the Business Community Reference Group. We will inform selected members by Friday, 23 February 2018 with the first reference group meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 6 March 2018.
Expressions of Interest - Business Community Reference Group
Business Community Reference Group - Expression of Interest
Purpose of the BCRG
The purpose of the Business Community Reference Group (BCRG) for the Business Safety project will be to assist the City in exploring the safety needs and concerns of local businesses in the City of Melville.
Business Safety – Project Overview
Reduce Business Crime is a goal of the 2017 – 2021 Safer Melville Plan because:
- Household and business crime (residential, non-residential burglary, motor vehicle theft, theft, graffiti and traffic crash offences) accounted for 87% of total crime for the City of Melville
- Theft comprised of 50% of all crime recorded in the City of Melville over the reporting period
- Booragoon experienced the largest percentage of theft (likely due to the presence of Garden City shopping Centre)
- Results from the 2016 Business Perception Survey showed local businesses were less satisfied than residents with safety and security.
When planning the engagement to inform the Safer Melville Plan it was agreed that local businesses needed a separate engagement process. As a result the following objectives were identified under the “Reduce Business Crime” goal:
• Identify safety concerns of our local businesses
• Address safety concerns of our local businesses.
The Business Safety Project will focus on achieving these two objectives.
Role of the BCRG
The BCRG will serve as a link between the City and the business community with respect to the Business Safety Project.
The main tasks of the BCRG will be to:
- Help the City identify the safety needs and concerns of local businesses through a process of engagement.
- Become knowledgeable about the range of engagement methodologies available and what can be achieved by using them.
Recruitment of BCRG
The reference group will comprise no more than 12 people representing the broad interests of the business community across the City including representation of:
- Businesses based in each of the four neighbourhoods of the City.
- Small to Medium Business
- Home-based businesses
- Sole trader
- 2 to 20 employees
- 21 to 199 employees
- Large Business - 200 + employees
- Industry Mix Representation
- Light Industrial
- Representatives who will commit to attending all meetings of the group; and
- Representatives who will register on MelvilleTalks and participate in community discussions for the duration of the stakeholder engagement process.
The term of appointment for the BCRG will align with the project timeline of approximately 6 months.
Process for invitation and selection of the group’s membership
An expression of interest will be promoted to local businesses asking them to nominate themselves via the EOI form on this page. We will then select up to 12 people from the expression of interests to ensure there is representation as outlined above.