Park manager?s plan to stop ?marauding youths
By DAVID BANCROFT
KAREN Toms just wants residents of the Calypso Holiday Park in Yamba to feel safe in their tents at night.
Mrs Toms, the park manager, has been running an ongoing campaign to have the perimeter of the park fenced and security gates installed so 'marauding youths' are kept outside.
Her campaign is half-way there. The security fencing is in place, but she is now seeking approval for gates to be installed adjacent to the river at either end of the park. Plans for the gates are on display at offices of the Clarence Valley Council and Mrs Toms is hoping that after the exhibition period closes tomorrow, council, which manages the reserve on which the park is located, will approve their construction.
She said yesterday if the gates were approved, they would be locked open during the day and shut at night.
"Residents need to feel safe in their tents at night," she said.
Mrs Toms said that last Friday she witnessed between 30 and 50 youths, some as young as 10, drunk and arguing in front of the park. She claims security officers reported there were more later.
"These kids are not pussy cats," she said.
"They were screaming at each other for a very long time. It was scary. The fence going up has made a big difference, but we are still losing campers."
Mrs Toms said the proposed gates had the support of the Yamba Chamber of Commerce, Yamba Rotary and the Clarence River Tourist Association.
"They (the gates) actually look quite attractive," she said.