Council backs public disorder bid

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council can do several things to help improve the public disorder situation along the city’s riverside and in the CBD’s public spaces, Mayor Brad Carter says.

Cr Carter has thrown his support behind a summit to be organised by Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten aimed at tackling the city’s escalating street crime and public disorder problem.

He said council would play an active role at the summit and also at a meeting with police next week to discuss the situation.

Mr Schwarten has been given the go-ahead by Premier Anna Bligh to bring relevant ministers to Rockhampton early next year.

He has called for all three levels of government and community and business leaders to get involved.

The long-serving politician says many of the complaints to him are about anti-social behaviour involving drunken indigenous people, with the situation getting worse since alcohol was banned from Woorabinda.

Cr Carter said he’d spoken with Mr Schwarten on several occasions about the problem.

“In recent times there has been a level of substantial anti-social behaviour,” Cr Carter said.

“I’m delighted Robert has called a summit.”

He said council had a role to play in finding a solution through its management of the streetscape, lighting and park facilities, which could fit in with any future strategy.

He called on the public to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour to police and when required to follow through their complaints if the matter went to court.



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