Do parents know what their children are doing?

By KUE DAVIS

"WHAT do parents think their children are doing?"

That's the question president of the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce, Steve Moody, is asking of the recent riotous events involving youngsters in Woolgoolga.

"This issue is something that chamber is very concerned about, and resolutions have been discussed at the past two meetings. There are three components to the solution.

"One of those is that parents need to become more aware of what their children are getting up to. This is the second time we've had issues of this type in Woolgoolga most of these incidents happen in the holidays."

Mr Moody said that the Chamber of Commerce is asking parents to take more interest in the actions of their children.

"If you look at the ages of these children, they are all very young, and are drinking alcohol. I think the responsibility needs to extend beyond the children," he said.

"What are the parents doing? What do they think their children are getting up to?

"We've had similar problems at the Woolgoolga Flora Reserve. National Parks and Wildlife have had to deal with anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the reserve. These are kids with nothing better to do."

Mr Moody said that surveillance cameras in the CBD and more police officers were other key components in curbing the behaviour.

"We need a surveillance system installed in the CBD to follow on with investigations after the fact. The other aspect we need to look at is additional police numbers.

"When you look at the area that is covered by Woolgoolga police, it's not hard to see why they can't maintain constant patrol of the CBD. The station also shares staff with Glenreagh.

"This is something that the Chamber of Commerce is looking at closely. I'll be writing to the Coffs/Clarence command today (Tuesday) to ask for a resolution."



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