Kwinana tempers wild side
Not all gloom: Kwinana is improving. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Hoons, drugs and unemployment are some of the biggest issues facing Kwinana, residents say, and many want more police on the ground.

Home to 32,667 people, the burgeoning southern Perth local government district has the second-highest rate of offenders in the metropolitan area who end up in jail, according to a ground-breaking analysis by The West Australian.

There were 160 admissions into the State's jails by people whose last known address was in Kwinana over 2011-12.

But on the day The West Australian visited, there was little evidence of residents' concerns. Kids crowded the skate park and souped-up cars driven by P-platers idled outside McDonald's, but the mood was calm.

It is better than it was, resident and mother-of-two Angela Mai said.

"There are less car robberies and burnouts and no street p...-ups any more," Ms Mai said.

The town has had a makeover in recent years, with a shopping centre opening last year and a $22 million-dollar library complex completed this year.

According to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data, nearby Wellard and Bertram are the fifth-fastest growing suburbs in WA, with new housing developments attracting young families.

Aidan Bell, 14, said there were a few kids at his school who had been in trouble with the law. "There should be more for kids to do, otherwise they just wander the streets and get into trouble," he said.

One woman said there were a big number of bottle shops in Kwinana which could contribute to antisocial behaviour.

Federal member for Brand Gary Gray defended the area as a great place to live and bring up a family.

"It's unfortunate when these kind of rankings occur, they are highly one-dimensional and don't really paint the picture of the community of Kwinana as we know it," he said.

The West Australian

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