Yamba Golf and County Club president Jim Kelly and general manager Greg Acret are ‘getting the ball rolling’ for 24-hour policing in Yamba.
Yamba Golf and County Club president Jim Kelly and general manager Greg Acret are ‘getting the ball rolling’ for 24-hour policing in Yamba.

Valley club on security alert

A SECURITY alert was issued to clubs in the Lower Clarence just hours after Monday morning’s brutal attempted armed robbery at the Yamba Golf and Country Club, resulting in a tightening of safety measures, increased vigilance from staff and a call for 24-hour policing in Yamba.

Yamba Golf Club general manager Greg Acret has called for a full review and assessment of the club’s security in the wake of the attack, which left the club’s assistant manager in hospital with broken bones, cuts and bruising .

“We had a board meeting on Monday night and we are committed to taking every possible step to prevent a recurrence of Monday’s attack,” Mr Acret said.

“We will be employing a security and risk management company to make a full assessment of the building and we’ll be extending the CCTV that is already inside the club to the exterior, including the two car parks.”

He said the club would act on any recommendations as well as putting staff through armed robbery training to ensure their safety, a measure that many clubs already utilised.

A full staff debrief has also been scheduled for this week.

Two staff members managed to escape the club and alert a nearby staff member and ambulance, while the assistant manager took the brunt of the attack.

The golf club’s board yesterday contacted State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell to get the ball rolling on a campaign it hopes will help Yamba secure 24-hour policing.

“Yamba is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW and in the holiday period the population doubles, resulting in crime spikes,” Mr Cansdell said.

“We want to make 24-hour policing a high priority for Yamba. It’s a shame it’s taken an incident like this to get a campaign started,” Mr Cansdell said.

He said he had already started putting together a petition that would be launched in Yamba in the next two weeks, to be delivered to State Parliament when it resumes at the end of February.

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