You Can Make The Difference
Last week, representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council, RMS, ARTC and Moree Police met with other government agencies and residents around Sullivan Place to discuss the incidences of rock throwing, vandalism and illegal crossings of the rail and bypass corridor; in the first of a number of ‘community in the park’ meetings that will be held around Moree.
The informal setting of the park provided residents with the opportunity to express their concerns about a number of issues, which will prove useful in better understanding the problems that residents face in our community.
Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby commented that people crossing the rail and bypass corridors are putting themselves at risk from traffic. Where rocks have been thrown, there have been cases of ‘close calls’ – including near misses, damage to trucks, and physical and mental injuries on the drivers themselves.
“Surveillance campaigns have identified that offenders are mostly youths, male and female, together with some young adults.”
“Walking the rail tracks is both illegal and dangerous; crossing the bypass at dangerous locations and sometimes throwing missiles at traffic is only encouraging younger family members and friends to do the same.”
“There are also people who are riding motorbikes through the rail corridor, into oncoming traffic on the bypass and heading towards the western stock route, adjacent to Amaroo Drive; again without helmets or safety footwear. This puts not only the riders and their passengers at a major risk but also other road users and pedestrians. “
“Generally, most residents are fed up with the poor behaviour of a small group of people; but also, as young lives being endangered every day, they have real concerns about there being a serious accident – this would be devastating for our community,” he said.
Council and other agencies are working together to overcome some of the issues including improving access to transport for students of all ages, implementing education campaigns, running evening activities, installing motion-activated lighting along the rail and bypass corridor and alternative fencing material for the corridors.
Demonstrating how public action can make a real difference, Mr Witherby praised the recent Mobile Neighbourhood Watch initiative, which is providing ‘eyes and ears’ around the community, and urged residents to be proactive as well.
“We want to keep the community safe, but we need your help to let us know if you notice that something’s not right in your neighbourhood.
“We can all make a difference by reporting any incidences through to Council, just download the Snap, Send, Solve App to your phone, take a photo of the problem and send it directly to Council.”
Council can then monitor the problem, get it fixed or clean it up. You should report:
- Any safety issues or problems
- Street lights that are not working
- Dumped rubbish
- Wandering or vicious dogs
- Graffiti, damage or vandalism
- Footpath issues or potholes
- Discarded needles
- OR any other concerns you have
Mr Witherby asked that members of the community keep themselves safe when reporting problems.“Put your own safety first and don’t become a part of the problem. If a situation is potentially dangerous, back away and ring the Police,” he concluded.
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