Protest at anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in park

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Things are get­ting so bad the Church is con­sid­er­ing mov­ing the Rec­tory, which is di­rectly op­po­site the park in Moss­man, to Port Dou­glas

Fr Ken­neth Lay

A mem­ber of the Moss­man com­mu­nity, Jono “Two Dogs’ Cant, is fed up with drunk­en­ness and bad be­hav­iour in pub­lic places.

A rally he helped or­gan­ise was sched­uled to be held last night in Ge­orge Davis Park, Moss­man, to dis­cuss the vex­ing is­sue.

“It’s been an on­go­ing is­sue and only last week­end two premises, Blue Care and the Junc­tion Café, were bro­ken into and there was a huge mess of bro­ken glass in the park,” Jono told the Gazette on Mon­day.

“Peo­ple take their dogs for walks in that park and kids play there,” he said.

Jono spent more than two hours clean­ing up the bro­ken glass.

Lo­cal busi­nesses were in­vited to at­tend the rally last night as well as lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“I don’t want this all to be a blame game,” Jono said, “but I want an in­tel­li­gent dis­cus­sion look­ing for a pos­i­tive out­come for every­one’s ben­e­fit.”

Sev­eral peo­ple con­tacted said that they be­lieved the peo­ple caus­ing havoc in Ge­orge Davis Park are not lo­cals but peo­ple who come into Moss­man for court hear­ings.

Fr Ken­neth Lay, Par­ish Priest of St David’s Angli­can Church, said that the noise some nights is dread­ful.

“They yell and scream all night,” Fr Ken­neth said, “and it’s not just the noise, it’s the ob­scen­i­ties.”

Fr Ken­neth said a group of drinkers con­gre­gate around the toi­let block and skate park as the ac­tual play­ground is locked at night, but he said that “quite frankly, I could even jump that fence”.

“Things are get­ting so bad that the Church is con­sid­er­ing mov­ing the Rec­tory, which is di­rectly op­po­site the park in Moss­man, to Port Dou­glas,” he said.

Res­i­dents are ques­tion­ing the lack of 24-hour po­lice pres­ence in the town, say­ing “they” know when to start and stop the of­fen­sive be­hav­iour.

Po­lice were aware of the meet­ing sched­uled for last night, but at the time of print­ing were un­sure of their at­ten­dance at the meet­ing.

Det Snr Cst Tu­lacz said most of the of­fences in re­la­tion to the two break-ins last week­end have been solved and two of­fend­ers will ap­pear in the Moss­man Mag­is­trate’s Court on April 20.

One of the of­fend­ers is a lo­cal and the other is a vis­i­tor to the town.

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