Protest at anti-social behaviour in park
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.