Police Raise Safety Concerns With Events At Old Deep Sea Fishing Site

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The former Deep Sea Fishing Club site is again a focus, this time following two events held at the location now leased by RED Community.

Last year, Coffs Harbour City Council awarded the short term lease to Regional Ethical Development Australia, for RED Community which Council said at the time, is “the not-for-profit arm of Regional Ethical Development Australia Pty Ltd (REDA)".

Following last night’s event with Peking Duk, Coffs Clarence Police District have raised concerns with safety around drug use, as well as the lack of lighting from the venue after patrons left the location at Jordan Esplanade.

Coffs Clarence Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said that Police identified around 39 people having used or involved with drugs trying to enter the venue.

“It’s always disappointing when we look at these types of events. It’s about creating a safe environment for patrons attending these events, and it’s concerning that there are still issues surrounding drugs”, Det Insp Jameson told Triple M.

Police say they continue to work with Coffs Harbour City Council and the RED-C organisation, looking at their temporary licences that have been issued.

“We are quite concerned about the high risk nature of these events, and the flow on licensed events”.

“Watching the young people leaving the event last night, particularly concerned with the traffic, the dark areas around that location, the risk posed for traffic coming in and out, and obviously the level of intoxication”.

Detective Inspector Jameson says that Police are still working with the organisers and that will continue moving forward.

8 April 2019

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