Street cruising safer

Mr Debus (right), Robyn Masters, Pamela Westing, Cr Jan Barham and Inspector Owen King
Mr Debus (right), Robyn Masters, Pamela Westing, Cr Jan Barham and Inspector Owen King

The successful Street Cruise Project at Byron Bay is to be re-established thanks to a $49,500 State Government grant.

The grant was made following the endorsement by the Government of Byron Council's Community Safety Plan.

Street Cruise, managed by the Byron Youth Service, puts youth workers on the streets on Friday nights to offer support to young people.

Announcing the grant at Byron Bay last Friday, NSW Attorney General, Bob Debus, said it was important for the government and the community to work together to address the key factors which influenced local crime.

Mr Debus said communities were best placed to identify localised issues and propose solutions.

Byron Mayor, Cr Jan Barham, said the safety plan focussed on building on the strengths of the community, addressing the impacts of drug and alcohol use, the impact of tourism and the safety of public spaces and the built environment and personal and property safety.

Cr Barham said the council would work in partnership with State Government agencies, community groups and businesses to educate and work cooperatively to develop strategies to make Byron Shire a safer place for residents and visitors.

She said the Street Cruise project came about when it was identified that young people were at risk on the streets of Byron Bay at night.

The attraction of the town as a place of action and entertainment at night presented a risk especially for young people.

There had been reports of young people being caught up in high-risk activities including vunerablility to assault and health risks, she said.

The Street Cruise project was developed in collaboration with youth workers, police and Juvenile Justice representatives.

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