The Country Mayors Association of NSW is extremely disappointed in moves by the NSW Premier and Police Minister to rule out an inquiry into crime, law and order in regional New South Wales.
CMA Chairman, Mayor Jamie Chaffey, said the NSW Government was refusing to listen to the united front of the CMA (representing more than three million residents across the state), the Police Association of NSW (PANSW), NSW Farmers, and most recently the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW in their call for action.
“Statistics show that residents of rural, regional and remote New South Wales are facing higher crime rates than metropolitan residents, with fewer policing resources to deal with the problems,” Mayor Chaffey said.
“The situation has escalated, and our communities are worried about their safety.
“It is insulting for our NSW leaders to try to shutdown this call that has come on behalf of millions of NSW residents for a Parliamentary Inquiry into crime, law and order in regional NSW. You cannot really ‘know’ the depth of the issues unless you live in regional NSW.
“We will continue to advocate for a Parliamentary Inquiry to show the full extent of the problem, and to get a commitment to finding solutions. Not only are our residents worried, but our police are stretched beyond their limits and change is absolutely crucial.”
The State Executive of the Country Women’s Association NSW today voted unanimously to support the call for an inquiry.
Mayor Chaffey welcomed the support of the CWA NSW, the largest women’s organisation in the state and the country.
“The fact that four major organisations that represent so many of our regional residents have publicly joined this call shows just how critical it is,” he said. “We thank the CWA of NSW and their members for standing up for their communities in their time of need.”
For further information, contact
Chairman CMA – Cr Jamie Chaffey on 0467 402 412
Country Women’s Association – Kylie Galbraith – 0411 480 208