Tenterfield tackles crime spike
TENTERFIELD residents have begun looking at ways to make their town safer after a recent rise in crime rate.
The community meeting, attended by about 300 residents, including community leaders and representatives of affected organisations, was chaired by Lismore MP Thomas George at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall last Wednesday.
Mr George said forming a working party was the key outcome of the meeting.
He said the working party would include representatives of the police, Moombahlene Local Aboriginal Land Council, Tenterfield Shire Council, Rotary Club of Tenterfield, Tenterfield Lions Club, Tenterfield Family and Youth Support Service, Tenterfield Basketball Association, parents, local people and Mr George.
Tenterfield business owner Wendy Roots said forming the working party was a positive step forward.
She said the most recent crime spike was over the past three months.
"Last year it was people breaking into cars, this time it was people breaking into houses," she said.
Mrs Roots said the meeting was told two boys aged 13 and 15 had been arrested and charged over a number of the break-ins.