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Tilligerry community tackles crime head-on.

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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson

16th May 2004 TILLIGERRY COMMUNITY TACKLES CRIME HEAD-ON The Tilligerry Peninsula urgently needs another police station and measures to combat crime, robbery and vandalism, the Federal Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin said. A Tilligerry Crime Forum will be held tomorrow night, Monday 17th May, at the Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club, where residents have been invited to attend to discuss a range of crime issues that have plagued the area. The meeting starts at 7pm. Mr Baldwin, who will be attending the forum, said residents in the area are sick and tired of weekend tirades of anti-social behaviour surrounding homes. He said Tilligerry had been promised another police station 3 years ago by the NSW Government and the Member for Port Stephens, John Bartlett, and yet nothing had eventuated. “There are people living in fear along the Tilligerry Peninsula. They are afraid to confront juvenile gangs who roam residential areas on Friday and Saturday nights and they are tired of the vandalism and anti-social behaviour that occurs,” Mr Baldwin said. “We need a greater police presence in the area and we also need tougher penalties for offenders. Residents shouldn’t have to live in fear of their property being destroyed or their small business being vandalised, which ends up costing thousands of dollars to repair and insure. “The mismanagement of the State economy by the NSW Government has meant that communities like those in the Tilligerry are missing out on critical funding to employ more police and have more police resources in the area. What is NSW doing with all the GST revenue it receives? They’re certainly not spending it here.” Mr Baldwin said he would be encouraging the community to apply for funding under a new Federal Government programme, that is aimed at local communities putting together plans of action to reduce crime. The $20 million programme is called the National Community Crime Prevention Programme and grants will be available to address a range of community concerns including robbery, domestic burglary, motor vehicle theft, early intervention projects with families, children and schools, youth crime, violent crime, alcohol related violence, drugs and crime, fraud and scams, crime prevention initiatives for seniors, fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. More information about the program can be found at or by calling 02 6250 6711.