Show­ground se­cu­rity crack­down

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS FIRST RE­PORTED AT

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.

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