Cop shop 'chill pill' proposed for Lennox
By PATRIZIA REIMER
WILD Lennox Head could use the occasional 'sedative' and Brett Jones believes a temporary police station in busy times could pacify the unruly.
And the Chamber of Commerce President was pleased to hear Richmond Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, make the offer.
"I think it's a good initiative and it should create a bit of a calm," Mr Jones said.
"Hopefully it will be more of a deterrent for the hooliganism and be more of a presence in town."
Supt Lyons was addressing Ballina Shire Council on Thursday to discuss the release of the Ballina Community Safety Audit when the issue of crime in Lennox Head came up.
"From time to time Lennox Head and Alstonville become a problem with youth. At times, the community there is not satisfied with the police presence and with the response of police to their concerns," he told councillors.
"Are they justified? I understand their frustrations. In terms of Lennox Head, we don't necessarily need a building, we need a greater presence."
When asked if the command could supply a temporary police station during the holidays Mr Lyons did not hesitate.
"What happens if we trial a mobile police station in Lennox Head?" he asked.
"We could park it somewhere and it would allow people to knock on the door."
This news was welcomed by Mick Marrs, caretaker of the Lennox Head Beachfront Apartments which was vandalised last year.
"I fully support Bruce Lyon's decision to set up a temporary police station in Lennox Head during school holidays if the operation is designed to deal specifically with problem youth," he said.
"During each holiday period some children roam the streets unsupervised after dark.
"They can get into mischief, drinking alcohol, vandalising, trespassing or fighting. The opposing groups can number in their hundreds and they severely test police resources.
"If a manned temporary police station helps to keep people safe during these periods then it is money well spent, but the local community must support the project if it is to succeed."