Showground security crackdown
ADDITIONAL security will be deployed at Claremont Showground during concerts after a growing number of safety concerns from residents.
Town of Claremont councillors voted 8-1 in support of Cr Alastair Tulloch’s motion at Tuesday night’s council meeting that a precondition of approval of a concert at the Showground be that security must be provided at each end of Second Avenue.
Residents of Second Avenue attended the meeting and said they had experienced ongoing anti-social behaviour because of concerts held at the Showground.
Sarah Dunlop said she was frustrated about a lack of security during concerts and groups of drunken people without tickets walking along Second Avenue to gain access.
“This has resulted in damage to sheds, fencing, garden furniture and damaged roofs,” Ms Dunlop said.
“I don’t care if it’s only one concert; one concert shouldn’t create that amount of damage.”
Gwen Durack said she had been threatened by a group of women with bolt-cutters who were trying to gain entry to a concert.
“They were obviously affected by alcohol or drugs and when I asked them to leave, they threatened to hit me with (the bolt-cutters),” she said.
An 18-year-old man was sentenced to eight months jail last week after kicking a security guard in the head at the Good Life Festival at the Showground on February 22.
Cr Tulloch said the council needed to strongly support its residents.
Cr Jill Goetze said she supported the motion because it was extremely distressing for residents when properties were invaded and damaged.
“Knowing they are going to face this again and again must be terrible for them,” she said.
Cr Bruce Haynes spoke against the motion because he did not believe it would make a difference.
“The proposed solution cannot work and council has over the many years attempted to address this,” he said.
Cr Chris Mews said he believed it was time the council sent a message to the Royal Agricultural Society that this anti-social behaviour was not acceptable.
Mayor Jock Barker said he had met the Premier and relevant minister many times, but nothing had been done.