Yamba crime wave tackled at forum
THERE was no shortage of support at yesterday’s official launch of the 24-hour policing campaign, with standing room only at the Yamba Golf Club.
Petitions were hand delivered on Thursday at Yamba by State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell, who reported that one business gathered 10 pages of signatures in a single afternoon in support of 24-hour policing in Yamba requiring a minimum of an additional six officers.
Addressing the mixed crowd of business owners and residents, the branch official and regional executive member of the Police Association, Tony King, described police presence in the Coffs-Clarence command as a ‘thin blue line’.
“As soon as you mention police numbers it becomes a dog fight,” Mr King, a detective, said.
“It will be a tough fight but it needs to be addressed,” he said.
People at the forum were invited to ask questions and share their reasons for supporting an increase in policing down river.
Greg Witt, a resident of Yamba for 12 years, said that it took him five days to report an incident in Yamba, where a shopping trolley was thrown at his car. He had gone to both the Yamba and Maclean stations several times and both were unmanned.
“I can’t hear on the phones that they have outside the stations, I need to talk to someone face-to-face,” Mr Witt said.
Several others voiced concerns that police were ‘bogged down with paperwork’ and not on patrol when needed.