Gangs on PACT agenda
By SAMANTHA HEALY
GANG violence was one of the hot topics on the agenda when key Tweed community stakeholders gathered for a special meeting in Murwillum-bah yesterday.
But while the unsavoury brawling which erupted in Murwillumbah after the recent Melbourne Cup race day was worrying, "we're not LA", said Tweed City shopping centre boss Michael Tree.
Representatives from the Tweed police and business community attended the Police Accountability Community Teams (PACT) meet-ing which also looked at the Tweed's shocking drink-driving record.
Mr Tree, the Tweed Chamber of Commerce president, was just one of the key figures involved in the discussions and said the meeting was a great opportunity for police to hear the concerns of the community.
"There were a number of discussions including the desire for CCTV cameras to be implemented in Murwillumbah," he said.
"There is no doubt there were issues after the Murwillumbah races, but there is also a con-cern it doesn't get blown out of proportion.
"Gangs are a concern, but we're not LA (Los Angeles)."
Mr Tree said there was a number of great initiatives which came out of the meeting, including the possible introduction of police liaison officers in high schools throughout the region.
"Police are concerned about there being a negative perception in the area and on policing," Mr Tree said.
"Businesses are also concerned about perception.
"But we don't want to whitewash it either."