Public rally for youth violence

THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition to address the Tweed shire’s rising youth violence and Safer Communities Alliance members are hoping these numbers will be represented at a rally this weekend.

The Rally For Our Safety aims to send a strong message to the State Government, youth gangs and the community – enough is enough.

Organiser Simon Nance said too many people had been bashed, stabbed, bullied, vandalised and even killed in our area.

“As a community we are strong, we can prove people power actually works,” Mr Nance said.

“Just look at communities like Bathurst and Orange. These communities stood up for themselves, received extra policing in the area and crime rates dropped by approximately 67 per cent.

“We are asking people to show they have had enough by signing our petition.”

The petition, which will be available to sign on the day of the rally, will ask for increased frontline police in the Tweed/Byron area, more police presence on the streets to ensure adequate response times and funding for youth initiatives.

It will be presented at the rally to Tweed MP Geoff Provest.

The day will also feature musicians and guest speakers including local youth.

“They will be speaking about what a fantastic place it was to grow up and live in and how it’s changed,” Mr Nance said.

Paul Stanley, whose son Matthew, 15, died after being punched in Brisbane in 2006, will also speak.

The Safer Communities Alliance was created when a group of concerned parents gathered to discuss how they could combat the growing youth violence.

The Rally For Our Safety starts at 9am on Sunday at the Cudgen Leagues Football Ground, Kingscliff, rain hail or shine.

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