Tourists 'scared off'
A COFFS Coast accommodation owner is rallying support for a proposed forum on anti-social behaviour at Park Beach, amid claims that vandalism and crime are causing tourists to bypass the popular holiday spot.
Coast Holiday Apartments owner Brett Carlyle said in the six months he has operated the business, his office, apartment and cars have been broken into, his fence vandalised with graffiti, and not a day goes by when he isn't cleaning broken beer bottles from the swimming pool and lawn.
“I've had guests advise us that they do not feel safe in the Park Beach area and that there is nothing that would encourage them to stay in Coffs Harbour again,” Mr Carlyle said.
“Guests have been abused by aggressive drunken individuals and this reflects negatively on the Coffs Harbour locality as a whole.
“Despite property owners continuing to invest funds, the area has such inherent and increasing problems that we simply cannot improve the image or status of Park Beach alone.”