Iluka?s youth behaving badly

By ADRIAN MILLER

GRAFTON and Yamba have been facing the problem for some time and now it seems Iluka is the next town in the Clarence Valley to be affected by youth-related anti-social behaviour.

The problem is getting so bad some residents are afraid to walk outside after dark, according to Association of Iluka Residents president Kay Jeffery. Mrs Jeffery said a recent increase in bad behaviour in the sleepy coastal town was starting to worry residents.

"I'm hearing lots of stories about bad behaviour and vandalism and even intimidation by large groups of young people," she said.

"A lot of people are disturbed by what is happening.

"Already some women are saying to me they won't go out for a walk after dark, that's really bad for Iluka."

Mrs Jeffery said the problems seemed to stem from under-age drinking and a lack of a police presence in town.

"I've got to say the police presence is almost non-existent and we certainly need better than that," she said. "Part of the problem is parents probably don't know where their children are or what they are doing, it's not good at the moment."

Mrs Jeffery said while there were some children behaving badly in the town, not all the kids were in the same boat.

"There are a lot of good kids in this town and it's really only a minority causing these problems," she said.

"It's important we don't tar them all with the same brush."



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