Forum plans for future of K?cliff
KINGSCLIFF residents will be given a say about ways their holiday village can remain a desirable place to live in the face of an unprecedented development boom.
A community forum will be held in the amenities hall at 7.30pm tomorrow to allow input from residents, police and community leaders.
Local chamber of commerce president Rose Wright said the forum would be looking for pro-active ways to counter the inevitable problems which arise when a sleepy town is transformed into a tourist mecca.
She said it was brought to a head following recent incidents, including a string of shop burglaries during a blackout two months ago and ongoing acts of minor vandalism.
"Kingscliff is by no means a policing hot spot, but we want to take measures to help combat the type of problems you get when a town grows," she said.
"The forum will identify the community perceptions about issues relating to policing, safety and security. The police will also be co-ordinating a security audit among local homes and businesses to help identify potential problems and help to rectify them."
She said with more people building more expensive homes the town was increasingly likely to become a magnet for thieves and other criminals, but proper preventative steps could prove a deterrent.
Ms Wright said the council also had a deterrent role to play by encouraging more street-life after dark, improving street lighting and streetscaping.
She said the forum, which was an initiative of Tweed MP Neville Newell, would also look at providing improved amenities for youth.