Bosun’s Inn motelier Bernie Gray – his fence is one of many Park Beach structures that have attracted the attention of local vandals.
Bosun’s Inn motelier Bernie Gray – his fence is one of many Park Beach structures that have attracted the attention of local vandals. Trevor Veale

Park Beach 'not a safe place'

MOTELIER Bernie Gray says living and working at Park Beach is ‘like a third world country’.

Mr Gray, who took over the reins at the Bosun’s Inn Motel on Ocean Parade a year ago, is supporting fellow motelier Paul Morgan, who went public with his concerns in the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday.

“My wife comes from the Philippines and she says she is more frightened living here than she was there,” Mr Gray said.

“We lock up at 9pm.

“I’ve had to hunt people off the premises and now I’ve installed security cameras out the front.

“Visitors would not feel safe walking the street at night.

“People drink, yahoo and yell in the park barbecue area across the street, then there are domestics with people screaming and running up and down at the back – it’s horrific.

“Nice people who moved into a unit next door moved out and said they would drive from Nambucca rather than live here.

“Motel guests move out after one night

“It will only hurt council in the long run because tourists won’t stay here.”

Mr Gray said visitors had had their bags stolen two minutes after they put their towels down on Park Beach, with the offenders running off into the scrub.

As well as security patrols, he wants to see the undergrowth cleared or thinned out to expose the ‘camps’ behind the beach.

The moteliers acknowledge police are stretched and say police respond when called, but the offenders melt into the bushes when police cars arrive, only to reappear as soon as they are gone.

Long-term Park Beach business people say there have been several meetings but little action.

The moteliers want more than talk and they want the council to lead the way, assembling experts who will look at the area’s social and business problems and design a long-term solution.



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