Community backs call for police
THE Lower Clarence community is backing Clarence MP Steve Cansdell’s petition for a 24-hour police presence in Yamba.
More than 3000 signatures have been collected since the petition was circulated two weeks ago.
Mr Cansdell is getting ready to table the papers in Parliament tomorrow.
“This is just the beginning and I intend to table three to four pages of signatures every day this year to keep hammering home the message of the extra police needed,” he said.
Mr Cansdell is urging the NSW Government to allocate an extra six officers to the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command to enable 24-hour policing in Yamba without reducing services in other parts of the Clarence.
“Yamba is the holiday hub for the North Coast area, with the population doubling during the holiday period, so we need to see adequate 24-hour policing there at all times, not just on big occasions,” he said.
“I have had exceptional feedback, with business more than happy to have the petition in their shop, and residents as well as holiday-makers going out of their way looking for the petitions to sign,” Mr Cansdell said.
The petition can be signed at Mr Cansdell’s electorate office in Grafton.
The petition can also be found on the front counter of many Yamba small businesses.