A DATE and venue have finally been locked in for Tamworth’s follow up Crime, Law and Order meeting.
NSW Attorney General Greg Smith has confirmed he will attend the public meeting to be held at TRECC on Thursday, August 30.
Premier Barry O’Farrell and police minister Michael Gallacher will not be attending, despite numerous representations from mayor Col Murray, other TRC councillors and member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson.
Cr Murray said while it wa a bit disappointing Mr O’Farrell and Mr Gallacher had offered their apologies, the decision to proceed without them had to be made.
“We really didn’t want to make the community wait to hear what the next steps were any longer,” Cr Murray said.
The meeting will be a follow up to the December, 2011 public meeting attended by more than 1000 residents who expressed their concerns about rising crime and anti-social behaviour in the city and surrounds.
Cr Murray said the August 30 meeting will provide an update on the progress made on a range of law and order issues in the past eight months.
“We are pleased the NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith is able to attend the meeting and respond to the concerns raised in our 18,679 signature petition which was
debated in State Parliament in May this year,” he said
“There has been some good progress made on solutions to local concerns and these will be discussed at the meeting.”
The city’s two magistrates have also been invited to attend the meeting.
“We are waiting to hear back from them,” Cr Murray said.
“But we really hope they will come along, even if it’s just to listen.”
The community petition, which called for state government action on a range of law and order issues, was a key outcome of the December, 2011 public meeting.
The petition was formally handed to member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson in February and it was debated in state parliament on May 10.
Mr Smith, Mr Anderson and the mayor, along with representatives from the Oxley Local Area policing command, will form a panel of speakers at the upcoming public meeting.
Tamworth and District Liquor Accord chairman Roger Rumble is also listed to address the meeting.
Cr Murray said 45 minutes would be set aside for questions from the audience.
Doors to the meeting will open at 5.30pm, with things scheduled to get underway officially at 6pm.
It is anticipated the meeting will close about 7.30pm.
“It’s important that our community remains united and committed to finding solutions to rising crime and anti-social behaviour in our region,” Cr Murray said.