Yamba’s Pippi Beach was the scene of an assault and robbery of two tourists.
Yamba’s Pippi Beach was the scene of an assault and robbery of two tourists. Rodney Stevens

Crime shame

THE RISK to Yamba's reputation as a family-friendly tourist town, tarnished by a recent spate of youth crime, will be high on the agenda at the January Yamba Chamber of Commerce executive meeting on Monday.

Car thefts, home and business break-ins, theft, robberies and assaults have all been experienced by tourists and locals over the past three months.

This has left some people questioning whether Yamba will remain their preferred holiday destination just three years after it was named as Australia's number-one tourist town by Australian Traveller magazine.

After having his car stolen on January 5 from a holiday house in Beach St, Queensland father-of-four Frank Cassells says he won't be holidaying in Yamba again.

While he waited until 3pm that day to speak to a police officer at Yamba police station, Mr Cassells said he had several conversations with locals who filled him in on the recent crime that had occurred in Yamba.

Combined with his seven-year-old daughter now "being scared to go to sleep for fear of what 'they' may do tonight, my resolve NOT to holiday in Yamba again is certain," Mr Cassells wrote in a letter to the Daily Examiner.

Mr Cassells' Land Rover Defender was recovered by police in bushland at Ilarwill.

Yamba Chamber of Commerce president Graham Lees said the impact of crime on the town's tourism reputation would be discussed at the first meeting for the year.

Mr Lees said the Chamber had been working with police to curb crime in Yamba.

"Police have asked for greater reporting of crime from the public and shop owners," he said.

"That way the more that's reported the more chance there is of getting higher policing numbers."

"The police Aboriginal liaison officer has asked to be kept in the loop with everything we have been discussing."

 


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