Feeling safe in an area makes a big difference to who uses a public space, and what they do there, and WCHM has been using our Safety Mapping Tool to identify areas that make people in the ACT feel safe or unsafe and to understand why people feel that way.

We’ve had a recent focus on Gungahlin and Woden Town Centres, and Mawson, because these areas have been going through revisions of their Master Plans. 90% of the reports received about Gungahlin, Woden, and Mawson were from Safety Map users who identified as female, and 60% were aged 18 to 34 years old. 35 to 54 year olds were the next largest age group using the Safety Mapping Tool.  As in other areas of Canberra, the things that contribute to feeling safe are mostly about lighting, visibility, and who else is there.

The areas that have been identified and the comments provided about those public spaces have been passed on to the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, and WCHM will continue collecting data and passing it on regularly.

So do take a look at our Safety Map and add the places you think we should know about.