Group effort to stop troublemakers
MEMBER for Clarence Steve Cansdell has called on Yamba residents to stand strong to put an end to local violence and crime once and for all.
Mr Cansdell said the problem was bigger than just a shortage of resources and all efforts must be taken to restore law and order to the beachside town.
He said that after talking with a number of community leaders, including several from the Aboriginal community, it was obvious a combined effort was needed to oust the small minority of troublemakers.
And the job of the police was to protect communities from lawbreakers, and even when individuals were popular in the communities, they should not expect the police to go easy on them when they were on the wrong side of the law.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of the community’s involvement, particularly for Aboriginal elders, to give the necessary support and assistance to the police in fighting crime in Yamba,” Mr Cansdell said.
“When there is a conflict and the police turn up, residents should co-operate and work as a team.
“Without the co-operation of the community, the police really can’t do a good job.
“So I am imploring all residents – black and white – to work with the police and provide information to put a stop to the inexcusable hostilities besieging the town.
“If we make our communities better, the job of the police will be much easier.”