THE region’s crime fighters have called for community consultation to discuss the surge in anti-social behaviour stemming from alcohol.
While still in its infancy, the public forum set down for Thursday, November 21, will likely be held at Tamworth Town Hall.
Tamworth crime prevention working group chairman and deputy mayor Russell Webb said the meeting was the perfect opportunity for authorities to apprise the community of the ways in which they were combating alcohol-related violence and vandalism, and to conversely hear the community’s thoughts on the subject.
“I think it’s about, for me personally, just letting the community know what we are doing and at the same time getting their opinion on the situation,” Cr Webb said.
“It’s a consultation process in many ways and something we as community leaders need to embark on when looking at problems within the community.”
The crime prevention working group, police, a representative of the liquor accord, a doctor from Hunter New England Health and hopefully a member engaged in the current senate inquiry into anti-social behaviour, will be in attendance, Cr Webb said.
“I’m making attempts to try and get a upper house member from that committee to come to our town ... and hear what’s being said so they can have some input into things we’re considering,” he said.
Cr Webb said liquor-related issues were “not peculiar to Tamworth” and encouraged concerned business owners and the wider community to come along and have their say in a “very open and transparent way”.
“Following (the public) meeting, we’ll pull together a meeting with the liquor accord in our region and talk to them about some strategies to help tackle the problem,” Cr Webb said.