Crime crackdown plan approved

“NOT before time” was Nambucca Shire mayor Rhonda Hoban's reaction to the news yesterday that the council's Crime Prevention Plan had been endorsed by the NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos.

“We've been waiting a long, long time for this,” Cr Hoban said. “There's a lot of funding out there for crime prevention but it is not accessible without an endorsed plan and our plan has been sitting on someone's desk in the department since some time last year.”

Cr Hoban said the council would now proceed with applying for grants that did not involve dollar for dollar funding.

“We intentionally put together a plan that was achievable ... there are many things that can be done to improve safety with minimal funding.”

The plan was put together after a survey found that almost 40 per cent of businesses were extremely concerned about drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

According to Mr Hatzistergos abuse of alcohol and drugs is often linked to criminal activity.

“The council will work with the police and hoteliers to implement initiatives to reduce violence and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Hatzistergos said.

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