Urgent call for action against crime
THE Casino Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued an "urgent call to action" to businesses in Casino in an attempt to address escalating crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.
"Business is fed up with anti-social behaviour, ongoing vandalism and theft that is occurring during business hours, largely from young people who should be at school," Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Michael Greentree said.
"(That's) not to mention the damage and violence occurring after dark within the Casino area.
"It's important that we get these matters addressed before it becomes a major issue."
The Chamber of Commerce has invited business operators, police, the Richmond Valley Council, schools, local politicians and political candidates to attend a "call-to-action" meeting on November 9.
"The Casino Chamber of Commerce and Industry is inviting and strongly encouraging all businesses from all sectors to attend this very important meeting, whether they have been directly impacted or not," Mr Greentree said.
"We recognise that it is going to take more than just a single meeting and discussion.
"It will require real action, persistence and to take a strong combined stance to ensure positive change occurs.
"We need to start to see a significant reduction of young people truanting school, roaming the streets after dark and to make Casino a safer community.
"While representatives from a number of community organisations have been invited to attend, this meeting is specifically for business and industry," he said.
The meeting will be held at the Casino RSM Club on Wednesday, November 9, starting at 5.30pm.
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