Local people power is needed to help deliver a 24-hour police presence in Yamba.

That was the plea from Clarence Nationals MP Steve Cansdell, who is planning to launch a petition this Friday asking the NSW Government to allocate enough extra officers to the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command to enable 24/7 policing in Yamba without reducing services in other parts of the Clarence.

“Yamba is not only one of the fastest-growing communities in the State, but its population also doubles during the tourism season,” Mr Cansdell said.

“Our local cops do a great job. This is about giving them the manpower they need to make our communities even safer.”

Mr Cansdell conceded some residents had become sceptical as to the value of petitions in the face of a Government that wasn’t listening to regional NSW.

“People power in Maclean stopped the sell-off of hospital land, people power in Grafton stopped the closure of our Ag Station, people power can work in Yamba,” he said.

Mr Cansdell will launch the petition this Friday outside the Yamba Golf and Country Club at 9.30am and invites all members of the community to turn up in support.

The petition will also be available from Mr Cansdell’s electorate office at 11 Prince Street, Grafton – tel: 6643 1244, and will appear on the front counter of many Yamba small businesses.