Editorial - June 15, 2016: Public eye cast over strip
SIX years ago residents, property and business owners met at Park Beach to vent their frustration at crime in their suburb while sharing a mutual appreciation of their neighbourhood as one of Coffs Harbour's primary accommodation strips.
In hindsight today's Federal Government announcement of $580,000 to improve safety and security shows the concerns are still relevant.
In covering that 2010 public forum at the Park Beach Bowling Club, The Advocate reported residents called for improved street lighting, clearing of vegetation, greater police patrols, neighbourhood watch groups, closed circuit security, volunteer graffiti buster squads and greater investment in the area.
In a tourist hotspot the prevalence of crime is a great public concern.
Of course, all the elements are in place for visitors to enjoy their stay, as they often do, but it's the unknowns that must frustrate accommodation providers, like rowdy passers-by, brawls and malicious damage to property.
Since that meeting, the beachside suburb has seen greater investment and growth justifying why improved security and lighting should be welcomed.
Funding to deter crime, assist police and stop hard-working, honest people becoming victims of crime is well worth the investment.
Matt Deans, Editor