SIGNING UP: Local MP Andrew Fraser was the first signatory to the petition calling on the government to allocate more police to the area.
SIGNING UP: Local MP Andrew Fraser was the first signatory to the petition calling on the government to allocate more police to the area.

Students petition to save cop shop

SHE might only be 15 but Kiara Greenway has seen enough to be vigorously opposed to the virtual mothballing of the Sawtell Police Station.

The Toormina High School Year 9 student is so upset by the decision she has launched a petition to get it re-opened and for the Local Area Command to be better resourced.

“Only last year there was fight outside the Toormina Public School and it took police more than 20 minutes to get there from Coffs Harbour to break it up,” Kiara said.

“It was really full on and parents had to get involved to try to keep the peace.”

“I don’t know what would have happened if the police had taken any longer.”

As a member of the Sawtell Surf Club, Kiara also knows a bit about senseless vandalism.

“Our surf club is broken into or vandalised quite often. We need police stationed here at Sawtell to catch those responsible. With police only working out of Coffs Harbour, the troublemakers in the area will have more time to do what they do.”

Kiara and another Toormina High School student Grace Hayward intend circulating the petition via Sawtell and Toormina businesses.

The member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser officially launched the petition yesterday.

“At a recent education forum I was approached by Kiara and Grace, who both live in the Sawtell/Toormina area, about the idea of starting a petition,” Mr Fraser said.

Mr Fraser said he will present the petition to State Parliament when it resumes after Easter.



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