How Rocky council will tackle 'riverbank dwellers'
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow has hit back at an SMS criticising council's handling of unsociable activities at the riverbank.
Her response outlined steps council was taking to address the issue, which she acknowledge was "worse at the moment".
Council is undertaking a multi-million dollar CBD revitalisation, which includes major construction work along Quay St.
KE, THE RANGE: What is being done about all the Aboriginals that congregate on the riverbank?
Went walking the other day with fitness group to have a look at new Quay St. development only for no soul to be down there except, you guessed it, the riverbank dwellers lying all over the barbie area.
Then went to The Edge last night for drinks and they were all directly over the road in park screaming, drunk & yahooing.
I'm sorry but if I'm out in public area with booze I'd be arrested, what's so damn different here?
Council needs some balls and police need to use their allowed move on powers.
Spending rate payers money on an area that looks great and people and families want to go and use but can't because the drunks are everywhere.
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MAYOR MARGARET STRELOW: I could give what is an absolutely true answer - which is that this is a policing matter - but neither the community nor council are content with that answer.
We know that the situation is a lot worse at the moment.
Made worse because it is dark and there are dead ends and corners everywhere.
Once the restaurant is operating and the redevelopment is completed things should improve.
A lot of research has shown that the best solution for antisocial behaviour is for lots of people to be using the space.
To help police in the long run we are also installing help points and lighting and cameras that will be monitored once the new development is completed. But in the meantime we share the community's frustration.