CRIME in the community will be a hot topic at a forum to be held in Cairns on Monday, hosted by Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs Michael Keenan.
“The Coalition recognises that crime is a major issue in Cairns, and in putting together our policy platform for the upcoming Federal election we want to find out what issues people view as a priority,” Mr Entsch said.
“This forum is a great opportunity for locals to highlight what’s happening in their suburb and their city whether it’s people loitering on the streets, the number of CCTV cameras, or the need for more police presence.”
Mr Entsch commended the State Government for its recently-released Cairns Crime Action Plan initiative, saying that when implemented, it will have a profound impact on issues such as juvenile crime and alcohol-fuelled violence in the CBD.
“Police, the community, and local, state and federal government representatives are well aware of the serious and long-term effects suffered by victims of crime,” he said.
“This forum will provide an opportunity for us to see how local and state government initiatives are working and identify areas that could possibly be assisted through federal government support.
“The fact that we are all coming together to focus on this is a unique opportunity, and I encourage the community to come along to the forum and let myself and Mr Keenan know their concerns.”
The forum will take place on Monday, July 30, at the Cairns Brass Hall, 145 Mulgrave Rd. Registration is from 2.45pm and the forum starts at 3pm. Please RSVP to 4051-2220.