Armadale is a lower socio-economic area in the South-East of Perth with an unwarranted bad name due to persistent high crime rates. It’s also my home town and we really need a 24 hour, 7 day a week walk-in police station.
I’ve lived here (or in the surrounding suburbs) for more than 22 years now, since I was a 4 year old. Growing up in the area necessitated learning some street smarts, but was hardly a hostile environment for this privileged white kid to grow up in. I did OK. My brother and sister did too.
Unfortunately the quality and quantity of facilities for youths has not progressed since I was a kid, and nor have the local policing services. No offence meant to the hard-working local police with whom I have had many positive experiences. It’s not their fault they are under-resourced.