Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has written to NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly asking for more Tweed police, arguing that the current local spate of assaults and vandalism was hurting Tweed small business especially the tourism industry.
“I am very concerned about rising incidents of malicious damage and assault. These are having a negative impact on Tweed small business, particularly tourism,” Mr Provest writes.
The MP quotes recent incidents including:
- Sunday 13th April – 3 male holidaymakers bashed at Kingscliff by group of 7 male and 3 females believed to be aged in their late teens
- Saturday 4th April – Wild brawl at Cabarita with over 50 youths gathered in the car park.
- Saturday 28th February – 100 drunken youths in Murwillumbah smashed storefront windows began fighting and turned on police.
- Saturday/Sunday 14th and 15th February – ‘Weekend of terror’ at Pottsville; a street full of cars broken into, ransacked and vandalised.
- Saturday 7th February – Teen brats terrorising Banora Point bur residents too scared to seek help.
- Monday 26th January – Series of attacks by young people on a group of visitors at the Pottsville
Mr Provest said locals weren’t buying the State Government’s argument that Tweed police are already ‘over-strength’, telling the Minister:
“We are both aware that the LAC is technically above authorised strength, but we both also know this measurement is meaningless.
“This arbitrary figure takes into account neither the high number of officers on medical leave nor the fact the Tweed’s very high tourist visitations, especially during school holiday periods on both sides of the border.”
The next police officer allocations to Local Area Commands from the latest graduation at the Goulburn Police Academy are set to be announced in early May.