Park Beach crackdown imminent

A COMMUNITY meeting to address escalating anti-social behaviour at Park Beach is now confirmed.

The member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has announced a public forum will be held next Tuesday at the Park Beach Bowling Club from 7pm to 9pm.

The meeting will address concerns and complaints from property

owners, moteliers and residents, who say they are being plagued by graffiti, malicious damage and vandalism.

“The continual damage is costing these business people thousands of dollars, both in clean-up costs and loss of business,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Park Beach area should be the tourist showcase of Coffs Harbour, as it offers great accommodation, restaurants and clubs, and easy access to the beach but moteliers are finding that visitors are not returning.”

Mr Fraser said representatives from the police, council and the local chamber of commerce have been invited to attend and address the meeting.

Property developer Brett Carlyle says petty crime has spiralled out of control in the past 18 months, and he believes investors are reluctant to further their portfolios in the area until crime rates fall.

“There needs to be greater public development and investment in the area,” he said.

“Investors want to see the council help effect a change in demographic down there by making it a better place to invest.”

Coffs Harbour City Council has responded saying councillors will be briefed on a works program that’s planned in the area at the October 14 meeting of council.

The council’s manager for land use planning, Clyde Treadwell, said about $200,000 is available in residual developer contributions and State park funds.

Motelier Paul Morgan has also gone public saying accommodation providers on Ocean Parade have had a gutful of vandalism, offensive behaviour and noise nuisance caused by locals.

“It’s every Friday and Saturday night. It goes from 7pm until 3am,” Mr Morgan said.

“They congregate in the park and when the police come, they run off into the bushes.”

Police have also gone public on the issue saying patrols have been stepped up in the area.

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