Tonight is a test of not only our community spirit but also our commitment to doing and being what we profess to be – good citizens intent on making our place the kind of place we want it to be and accept as our right.
And fighting for it.
The public forum in the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre is on again – and if it doesn’t attract a good crowd, we can blame ourselves for what might have been and what we might well and truly have missed.
We need to show a good turnout tonight – to back the big talk we saw when the first and initial crime and law and order meeting was held nine months ago.
Tamworth expects answers and some serious detail about just what has been done since then or put into place to be done to drive down the crime rate.
After all that’s what was decided when a packed house at the Tamworth Town Hall last December asked the city fathers and the state government to get tough on crime – and kick some goals to win the fight against what its citizens believed was an unacceptable crime rate.
Tonight, the city is being called out again to ask just what’s in place to achieve that. Many will want to see we have some policy plan for petty crims, thugs and bullies and lawless people who believe you just take what you want rather than earn it.
Some of the politicians might cop some flak – but that’s their job and if they do, it’s because we want answers, we want action, we want solutions and we want to be able to see that things are better, or at least improving.
It will be interesting to hear what’s happened about the 10-point plan or the issues the meeting wanted to go to the state government – backed by 17,000 signatures from residents.
You can be there to find out firsthand. There is a certain strength in the numbers that turn out that will show this government we are serious in our intent to keep our city safe, secure and seriously strong.