Beach Party

By MEL MARTIN

NEVILLE and Lindy Franklin are looking forward to a good night's sleep now that police have announced a crackdown on underage drinking and anti-social behaviour on the Coffs Coast.

The Korora residents have had to put up with riotous beach parties that have got so regularly out of control they even considered selling and moving away.

"It would be wonderful if the police put in a concerted effort to curb them," Mr Franklin said.

"There was a stage when the parties were happening every weekend, so I hope they have some success.

"I don't know what the answer is, but I think arresting people wouldn't be a bad thing. "If mum and dad have to pick up their child at the police station, it would bring home the message."

Licensing Sergeant Virginia Luskan, from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command, said that with the warmer months came increased crime and anti-social behaviour.

"As it gets warmer, more people are out on the street, so we're planning Operation Phoenix to target alcohol-related crime from October through to March," she said.

"We will focus on providing a high visibility police presence in all licensed premises and at beaches and public areas where parties involving underage drinking are known to occur."

Sergeant Luskan said police wanted visitors to the Coffs Coast, and residents, to enjoy their time in the region without being exposed to alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

"By enforcing the law in our parks and beaches, it will make them more enjoyable," she said.

Any young person caught with alcohol will not only have their alcohol confiscated, but may be issued with an infringement notice, or may have to attend education classes.

"We're looking at an education-based strategy ? the Your Choice Program ? with their parents, where they are given information about the legislation, the health risks of alcohol, and about the consequences of irresponsible drinking," Sergeant Luskan said.

"Rather than react to problems, we're being proactive and planning ahead, which we believe will give immediate results."



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