Top level crime fight
IVOR Loveridge says changes to combat the crime situation experienced over the past 18 months near Yamba’s Pippi Beach must be implemented by the heads of various authorities to address the problems.
The Sands luxury apartment and villa complex manager said to introduce effective change, people in charge of the NSW Aboriginal Land council, police, Clarence Valley Council and the Department of Community Services needed to put their ideas together.
“The heads of those departments need to get together and have a very serious look at what is happening,” he said.
“The situation there (at Ngaru) needs to be addressed from the top, to address their duty of care and create accountability.
“Things need to change for the benefit of the local Aboriginals and the rest of the community.”
Mr Loveridge said he had met with local police and council staff, but they did not have the authority to enforce change.
“The people at the levels we are talking to are really just going around in circles,” he said.
“It needs to go right to the top ... there needs to be a purge of information from all sectors and they need to have a very good look at the responsibilities of the departments.
“It is the whole system that is failing; nobody is making any effort to implement their duty of care or their responsibilities.
“If everybody came to the table and put their thoughts and ideas together they could make a huge difference, not only for those people (at Ngaru), but for the benefit of the Aboriginal Land Council.”
He said the land currently occupied by Ngaru at Yamba was a wasted resource.
“The authorities need to make some decisions for the benefit of the Aboriginal families, and the utilisation of the resources for all Aborigines,” he said.