Myall Coast Messenger - by the Community for the Community

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Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest - Bulahdelah - Karuah - Stroud - Nerong - Pindimar - Bundabah - North Arm Cove

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On Tuesday 12 July a large number of community members attended a meeting in Tea Gardens with members of the police Local Area Command Senior Management Team.    The meeting, the second in the area, was a new initiative designed to get the Police out into the community to provide an environment where the community can freely discuss local policing and crime issues.

This is seen as a benefit to both parties and will be a recurring event.  Port Stephens Commander Chris Craner said he felt the community wanted “good news, bad news but not NO news”. 

Police from our close neighbours, Karuah and Bulahdelah, were introduced as they often attend our area.

The overall comments from the community were very positive with many members of the audience voicing their trust and faith in the police in our area.  It was pointed out by the team that our area has a very low crime rate and Tea Gardens police officer Senior Constable Dave Coyle stated that our major “crime time” occurs over the Christmas holiday period when we have an influx of visitors to the area with the major problems relating to alcohol issues.

The team also praised our local police for their interaction with the community, particularly with young kids, stating that early interaction and intervention with children can prevent them from heading down a path of crime. School visits and coaching sporting teams have helped forge a bond with local children.

The community was encouraged to advise the police of any concerns and issues as they can’t help if they do not know what is happening.

Delicious cakes and coffee followed, providing those present the opportunity to mingle and discuss ideas, concerns or issues. 

Ros Reynolds

Port Stephens Commander Chris Craner

Text Box: Senior Constable Dave Coyle