CRIME FORUM BRINGS LAW AND ORDER HOPES FOR MURWILLUMBAH
Crime Forum brings law and order hopes for Murwillumbah
5th February 2008
“…the meeting with locals and the police has mapped a way forward…”
Local State Member Thomas George has thanked one hundred plus locals for attending his Murwillumbah law and order forum, saying it was the first step towards solving the town’s crime problems.
“The Murwillumbah community is sick of petty crime, but more importantly the meeting I had with locals and the police has mapped a way forward,” Mr George said.
“I know people are sometimes disillusioned with police response times, but I still encourage everyone to report all crime, as this provides us with the statistics we need to lobby for a stronger local police presence.”
Mr George said the CCTV system for which the Murwillumbah Business Chamber had secured funding would be a big help once it was installed.
“It is clear that much of the trouble starts in Knox Park and that is why I want to work with the Business Chamber and Council to see if we can extend the new CCTV system to include the Park.”
Mr George said participants at the Forum had also come up with useful ideas to combat one of the root causes of local crime: youth boredom.
“I will be talking to the Tweed PCYC to see if they can arrange a Murwillumbah outreach of this excellent organisation,” Mr George pledged.
“I want the young people themselves to talk to the Council Youth Officer to see if we can upgrade the existing skate facility in Knox Park. There is also the problem raised of kids using skateboards and bikes on footpaths.”
Mr George said that as a result of the meeting, Superintendent Michael Kenny would now establish a Community Safety Precinct Committee which will involve members of the community.
"We are not going to fix Murwillumbah’s crime problems overnight, but if we remain as united and enthusiastic as we were today, we will be able to deliver significant improvements,” Mr George concluded.
Thomas George: 0427 360 781 or 6621 3624