United front in fight for safer city

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Lisa Partridge and Emmalene Richards talk to the crowd at the front of the Port Lincoln Police Station after delivering the letter and petition.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Lisa Partridge and Emmalene Richards talk to the crowd at the front of the Port Lincoln Police Station after delivering the letter and petition.

INCIDENTS of violence, break-ins and antisocial behaviour in the Port Lincoln community were the motivation behind Saturday's 'Walk against violence and crime'.

The event was organised by Port Lincoln woman Lisa Partridge in the days after four teenagers were charged with aggravated assault, property damage and violent disorder in a disturbance at a local fast-food restaurant.

Ms Partridge said the walk was not about any one specific incident, it was about trying to do something about an "ongoing problem" with crime and violence.

"It's about keeping people safe - everyone here wants a safer community," she said on Saturday.

"People shouldn't be afraid walking the street, we need our community leaders and SAPOL to hear us and make sure our community is safe for everyone."

About 100 people of different ages, occupations and backgrounds joined the walk which stopped at the Port Lincoln City Council office and the Port Lincoln Police Station to deliver a letter and petition, which calls for the station to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for phone calls to no longer be diverted and for a stronger police presence in the community.

Ms Partridge said she was "stoked" with the number of people who joined the walk.

"The only way we're going to get something done about what's going on in our community is if we stand up and use our voice but we need to do it in a supportive way," she said.

Barngarla woman Emmalene Richards said the walk was about stopping the violence but the community needed to be united on making change.

She said Ms Partridge had been "amazing" in organising the walk and it had helped give people a voice.

"It shows that one person really can make a difference."

Ms Partridge said she planned to use the momentum from the walk to organise community meetings, hopefully with council and SAPOL involvement.

"We had a lot of support - local businesses and community organisations - we've got to thank them for this as well," she said.