Residents want thieves? escape route closed off
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
LISMORE MP Thomas George is calling for the closure of a Goonellabah laneway which nearby residents say is used as an escape route by criminals who break into surrounding homes.
The politician has joined forces with a group of Graeme Avenue residents who want the lane, which links their street to Oliver Avenue, blocked off.
"I'm satisfied with the evidence I've been given by a number of residents that this laneway is being used as a thoroughfare by people who are breaking into homes in the area," Mr George said.
"It's not my decision to close it ? it's up to council ? but I'd ask the council to consider this proposal."
Matt Poles, who lives near the laneway, said some residents had put barbed wire around their fences to ward off trespassers.
"The lane needs to be closed off ? it's mainly used by high school-age kids who drink in there, litter, use offensive language and harass my dog," he said. "I even caught a kid out there on Friday urinating on a fence."
Lismore City Council spokesman Russell Kelly said the group was welcome to make a submission to council, but they had already done so in January and not all Goonellabah residents agreed.