Cr Sharon Cadwallader will move at today’s Ballina Shire Council meeting that more police be assigned to Ballina, and a new police station should be considered for Lennox Head.
Cr Cadwallader’s motion calls for council to write to the NSW Minister for Police seeking support for a ‘review of police numbers assigned to the Ballina Police Station to assist in the ever increasing need for local officers to deal with not only crime, but also with mental health issues that are continuing to arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.’
Her motion also seeks ‘clarification regarding future planning for a new police station at Lennox Head based on current and forecast population growth for this township.’
Vandalism on the rise?
Cr Cadwallader says the growth in population locally has come with an increase in anti-social behaviour.
In recent months this has included vandalism around Lake Ainsworth and the knocking over of numerous road and safety signs during wet weather.
‘The number of police and front line services is not increasing to align with the growth within our community,’ said Cr Cadwallader. ‘The failure to address this results in delays to response times and places our community at unnecessary risk.
‘It also results in an increase in vandalism to community infrastructure and personal property,’ she said. ‘Our shire needs additional police numbers to be able to support the front line services who are continually calling upon the police service to assist with patients struggling with mental health issues.’
Ballina council staff have said that the cost of vandalism to council in recent years is approximately $120,000 per annum.
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