Kids out of control at Park Beach
MOTELIERS in Ocean Parade say they have had a gutful of vandalism, malicious damage, offensive behaviour and noise nuisance from the locals.
Running motels in what should be Coffs Harbour's prime tourist real estate, just steps from the city's main surf beach, they say they are losing guests and good neighbours because of the bad behaviour of other Park Beach residents.
Paul Morgan, who had a concrete fountain statue in the garden of his Ocean Parade Motel smashed on Friday, said the problem was ongoing.
“It's not just the statue, it's every Friday and Saturday night,” Mr Morgan said.
“It goes from 7pm until 3am.
“We are continually getting things thrown into the pool, including the pool furniture and I've had my vacancy sign whacked. The back galvanised fence gets kicked or smashed about once a fortnight.
“The more we do to the motel, the more they want to destroy it.
“They congregate in the park and when the police come, they run off into the bushes.
“They range from 11 to early 20s and they hang around out the front and abuse and threaten the customers as they come in and out of the motel and ask for cigarettes and money.
“These kids are out of control. They are unapproachable.
“I'm not game to tell them off or they will pin-point my motel. I did stand up to one lot one time and it ended up getting quite nasty.
“My children are always frightened. My 11-year-old always wants her mum to sleep with her now.
“We moved here in April from Bendigo but I grew up in Coffs Harbour.
“I was told Park Beach had been cleaned up – no way. There are 11-year-olds running around with ‘gooney bags' – casks of wine. They must be getting the alcohol from somewhere.
“It's not just in school holidays it's in term time as well. Instead of Park Beach it's becoming Slum Beach. It's not a good image of Coffs Harbour.
“We had a neighbour whose car was completely totalled. Another time they grabbed signs from the Bowling Club and kept throwing it at the windscreen until it smashed and a motel on the corner had its wall spray painted – it's very frustrating.”