By SALLY GORDON
FOR the past two decades town leaders in Yamba have been campaigning without success for a skate park.
The project once again has been thrust into the limelight with renewed calls to build the River Street facility to create an alternative 'hang out' for the youth of Yamba.
Youth advocate Bobby McCaughey, who is a member of the skate park committee and Youth of Angourie Wooloweyah Hangout (YAWHO), believed more facilities were needed in the coastal town to draw kids out of the CBD.
"The skate park may get them off the streets and give them a place to go, even if it becomes the hang place for a while ... at least the police know exactly where to go to," she said.
"But it's not there to solve crime, it's there to help ease the situation, it's a start and shouldn't be the end."
Ms McCaughey believed the community needed to adopt a more constructive approach when dealing with youth issues.
"It's kind of like get on the kids' cases but what are we giving them?" she said.