Forum meets its objectives: retailers


THE anti-social behaviour forum held yesterday at the South Grafton Emporium was a positive step forward, according to retailers.

Emporium owner Annie Dodd said she was pleased with the outcomes and hoped it would be the first of many meetings to discuss issues of concern in the Skinner Street shopping precinct.

"I thought it was a very successful meeting ... and the first step in getting us together and making an impact as a community working together," Mrs Dodd said.

"It's a lovely street with a wide range of services, shops and the marina and we need to encourage people to come over here and feel comfortable in an area that's really very pleasant."

Those at the meeting, which was called by Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley and attended by Coffs/Clarence police area commander Paul Fehon, discussed issues from lighting to alcohol consumption and police response times to anti-social behaviour.

Commander Fehon said police numbers in the Clarence would soon be boosted to cut down response times and stressed the importance of reporting disturbances to police to ensure they know what is happening in the area.

Cr Tiley said he was happy with the outcomes of the meeting and looked forward to holding similar gatherings down river at Yamba and Iluka to address problems in the area.

"We had a whole range of people there which was good, from business and progress association people and the liquor accord representative Rose Bishop as well as young people," he said.

"I think people were substantially reassured by what was said and ... we'll be holding more meetings to further dis- cuss these issues."

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