Representatives from Council, Queensland Police, Baringa Retailers, BeCA, Baringa Pre School, Unity College and Bellvista Retailers were invited by Councillor Baberowski to attend a Forum to discuss behaviour concerns which seem to have spiked recently.
Areas under discussion included Canavan Gracie Recreational Park and other local parks and behaviour by young teenagers around Bellvista Market Place. Of concern too was behaviour around the new Skate Park at Baringa.
The new manager at White’s IGA in Baringa reported she had shown a strict one strike and you’re out approach if young teenagers behaved inappropriately around the new busy supermarket. Children were even stopped from riding skate boards inside the supermarket putting themselves and customers at risk. They were immediately removed from the premises.
Some school age children are showing inappropriate behaviour despite wearing their school uniform.
A young mum and her child were ‘chased’ by a group of young teenagers wearing Meridan Plains School uniforms at the new Baringa Skate Park. She jumped in her car and fled while the youngsters continued to thump their fists on the car windows and bonnet. Needless to say the young child in the car was terrified.
In situations such as this where you or a child are in any danger, call 000 immediately.
It seems that most problems occur after 4:30 pm when primary school aged children have finished their play and the older children begin to take over.
Note it isn’t all teenagers who cause the trouble, the vast majority are courteous and caring towards younger children as they play. But there is an element which give the others a bad name.
If you witness any inappropriate behaviour, use the Police Link or Crimestoppers app on your phone. However if you feel you or any one else is in danger, call 000 immediately.
If you witness suspicious behaviour, a group of cars in a carpark with youngsters coming and going on a regular basis, take vehicle registration numbers and contact Crimestoppers straight away.
Stockland will take immediate measures to address concerns. Improved signage will go up around the Skate Park, CCTV will be considered as will a higher police presence be sought and funded by Stockland.
Staff at the Baringa Community Centre will also raise their staff’s awareness on what is happening and keep police informed if they witness any inappropriate behaviour.
Other approaches with local schools were discussed along with the ‘Adopt-A-Cop’ program.
If you witness inappropriate behaviour with the misuse of bikes etc around Bellvista Market Place please contact Crimestoppers or use your Police Link or Crimestoppers app on your phone straight away.
Each report via Police Link or Crimestoppers is recorded. Then when police become aware there is a hotspot of inappropriate behaviour, they will respond.
BeCA is fortunate to have and excellent resource available at Caloundra Police station so don’t be afraid to keep us in the loop of inappropriate behaviour and we will pass the information on.
Following advice from residents, police are aware of strange goings on at local out of the way carparks and monitor these situations with surprise visits from time to time.
We live in a beautiful area and we are so fortunate that police related incidents are much less prevalent here than in some of the other areas around the Sunshine Coast.
The Forum was implemented to keep things this way and not let the behaviour of a minority spoil the our great area. Your reporting of inappropriate behaviour via Police Link, Crimestoppers and 000 (in an emergency) will help to keep it that way!