Litmus test: Jenny Grant wants people ready to make a contribution.
Litmus test: Jenny Grant wants people ready to make a contribution.

Call to action at Park Beach

THE momentum to clean up Park Beach continues.

Local residents are being invited to meet tomorrow to discuss expanding a one-street neighbourhood watch initiative to spread across the entire district.

The Boultwood Street Community Group, formed several months ago to improve that street and build a new sense of community, will host the meeting from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday at the Park Beach Bowling Club.

If the project is expanded, the Boultwood Street group would continue its work as a subsidiary of the to-be-named Park Beach group.

About 200 people recently attended a recent public meeting on anti-social behaviour in Park Beach.

A spokesperson for the Boultwood Street residents, Jenny Grant, said the number of people who supported Sunday’s meeting would be a litmus test for translating talk into action and they needed to see people who were prepared to contribute something to building community in Park Beach.

“That contribution could be skills, knowledge, ideas, time, material resources or experience,” she said.

“In a group like what we’re proposing, there will a place for everyone who cares about their neighbourhood and wants to make a difference.”

People who are unable to attend but would like to comment on the proposals or offer their support can contact Ms Grant by emailing or by phoning 0421 523 715.

Police will address the meeting about the advantages of adopting Neighbourhood Watch as one role for the new group, and advice from Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators from Oxenford on the Gold Coast, Yamba and Tweed Heads will be tabled.

Ms Grant said they would propose a structure for the new Park Beach group which would see it initially encompass five sub-committees: Neighbourhood Watch (or community safety), affordable housing projects, streetscape projects, youth projects and tenancy support.

Each of these sub-committees could choose to work at the level of an individual street or at the level of the wider Park Beach neighbourhood, or move between the two depending on opportunities and priorities.

“The proposed Park Beach community group would have a broad community strengthening agenda,” Jenny Grant said.

“The sub-committees will allow individuals to focus on those areas they’re passionate about while ensuring their work is co-ordinated within a whole-of-community strengthening approach.”

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