People power has an impact
A MONTH into their mission of erasing the “after dark” stigmas of their suburb, the Park Beach Residents Group Inc believes it is making significant inroads.
Aside from the damage to vehicles in the surf club car park, the group says it is having a positive impact on malicious damage, vandalism and petty crime through greater community engagement.
Residents’ group president Jenny Grant said Park Beach residential neighbourhoods appear to escaped lightly, as a trail of destruction was mostly left on the Jetty side of Coffs Creek.
“I’ve talked to more than a dozen Park Beach residents and no one reported vandalism other than the bus at the surf club and a bent median strip sign on Hogbin Drive,” Ms Grant said.
“I suspect alcohol would have been a factor in this ‘carnage’ and it coincides with reports in the national press at the weekend of raising the legal drinking age to 21 as one response to similar incidents that happen in every drinking society
“Whenever there’s intoxication and emotional immaturity, there’ll be harm, whether it’s public or private.”
The Park Beach Residents Group was formed in October as the Coffs Harbour community came together to discuss ways of preventing anti-social crime.
“Crime prevention has improved on two fronts through the group building a stronger more connected and engaged community and the residents’ vigilant reporting of crime or the suspicion of crime,” she said.