Teens leave trail of destruction
HIGH SCHOOL-age revellers as young as 16 have left behind a trail of destruction after a huge party turned sour at Karangi overnight on Wednesday.
Some of the rowdy partygoers smashed up signs and left roads strewn with bottles, cans and debris and residents were forced to call in police.
“My biggest issue is they’re wrecking bits of the (Orara) Valley,” said one resident, who did not want to be named.
“My main concern is not that they’re having a party or making noise but they’ve pulled out signs and that’s going a little bit too far. They should clean up their mess.
“It’s the fact that local kids are inviting so many people from everywhere else into our community and they don’t have respect for our community.”
The party reportedly kicked off about 9.30pm in a clearing near the railway line running along Jaboh Close.
Party balloons were still left swinging on poles yesterday morning and a makeshift path under the rail line leading to the clearing was also still in place. So, too, were the tents, tarpaulins and a generator at the party ground.
The large signs which had been ripped out at the intersection of Mount Browne Road and Coramba Road were the most visible legacies of the night’s activities.
One of those signs used to welcome visitors to the gateway to the Orara Valley while the other promoted the Clarence River catchment and the work of the Orara Valley Rivercare Group.
The local resident said the party had been organised weeks ago to coincide with a Year 10 Coffs Harbour High School formal held in town earlier in the night. The party at Karangi would certainly not have been endorsed by the school, she said.
Coffs Harbour High principal Patti Kearns said there had been no school-organised Year 10 formal but she was aware that a group of Year 10 students and their parents had organised a function.
The upset Karangi resident said local kids had invited a lot of out-of-town kids to the party and she saw teenagers still making their way home through the morning.
“There were a lot of rev-heads coming and going through the night and there were a lot of firecrackers,” she said.
“When you wake up through the night and you hear teenagers run up and down the street and things like that, that’s an issue I have as a member of the community. You can’t feel you or your family or your house are safe.
“I’m hoping it leads to a zero tolerance on this type of behaviour and that people know they are being watched and that the community isn’t happy.”