ALCOHOL consumption at a Tweed Heads bus shelter is "out of control," says Tweed Chamber of Commerce president John Murray. He wants daily police patrols of the busy shelter.

He claims the Tweed bus shelter at the Centro Tweed Mall on Wharf Street is used by local vagrants as a "drinking hole".

But Tweed Police crime manager, Inspector Greg Carey said police had stepped up patrols of the shelter and nearby Chris Cunningham Park over the past few years and had made some real gains in dealing with vagrancy and related drinking problems.

Mr Murray said he had been disgusted last week to see "innocent school children and other commuters exposed to gutter language, abuse and drunken behaviour while waiting for public transport".

This was not the image of the Tweed we wanted to send tourists away with.

He called on Tweed police to ensure no-alcohol bylaws were strictly ob- served in Chris Cunningham Park.

"This park must be returned to family status," Mr Murray said.

"At present, it is trashed on a daily basis by drunken itinerants.

"It's a disgrace and shows the Tweed in a very poor light."

Inspector Carey said Tweed police had received and discussed correspondence from Mr Murray about the shelter and were keeping a close watch on it, the park and nearby liquor sales. But he said there was nothing to suggest there were breaches in liquor sales requirements.

"Problems at that bus shelter and the park have improved over the past few years, since we targeted the area," Inspector Carey said.

"Whenever anything comes up there that needs our attention, we will act."

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