RIGHT NOTE: Kate Macdonald (left) and 15-year-old friends Kristie Rose and Telia Jackson are leading the charge to help curb Ba
RIGHT NOTE: Kate Macdonald (left) and 15-year-old friends Kristie Rose and Telia Jackson are leading the charge to help curb Ba

Ballina hot spots hit centre stage

MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au

SIXTEEN-year-old Kate Macdonald is sick of watching young people run amok through Ballina on a Friday night.

In a bid to get them off the streets, the TAFE student is leading a push to get an under-age nightclub in the town. Kate said it will help minimise the vandalism, late night brawls and under-age drinking which characterises Ballina's main street at weekends.

"At the moment, teenagers are bored and are getting into trouble, using their idle time for things like vandalism, drink driving and speeding, sometimes leading to death,"" she said.

"There's a huge need for an under-age nightclub in Ballina. The situation is pretty bad at the moment and the kids just need something to do at night." " Kate's proposal has already attracted the support of the Ballina District Community Services Association (BDCSA), which said it will help her seek funding.

At a recent BDCSA Service Providers Forum, a number of people highlighted the need for regular events similar to a Blue Light Disco for young people living in the area. In order to maintain the momentum, the BDCSA Youth Service would like to offer our help with any co-ordination with Kate's idea,"the BDCSA's special project officer Tammy Dibble said.

Kate said she desperately wants the community to support her venture and is urging anyone interested in signing a petition to contact her on 0421 600 674 to show their support.



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