Police priorities all wrong
In the past week we have seen armed robberies at Casino, Coraki (twice) and Lismore.
At one of the Coraki hold-ups, an 80-year-old man and his 56-year-old daughter were abducted and driven out of town before being dumped by the side of the road.
Violent criminals are running rampant across our little patch of paradise, and what are the police doing about it?
Apparently they have sent a team of about 40 extra police out to the peaceful campsite at Doubtful Creek where Metgasco are attempting to get a drilling rig on-site.
About 200 people turned up to a community picnic and information day on Sunday and 100 or so were camped at the Doubtful Creek site on Tuesday morning when the police moved in. Three men were arrested and protestors have accused the NSW Government of overreacting and using the state-funded police force like a private security firm for Metgasco.
And it does seem that priorities and resources aren't being put where they are most needed.
If we took a poll: 'How many people would like to see more police tackling violent crime?'
(It's a Dorothy Dixer, but the answer is just about everybody.)
And if you asked 'How many people would like to see a moratorium placed on the coal seam gas industry until the science is settled?', again the answer would come back loud and clear - just about everybody.
But those attempting to enact the community's will had the full force of the state thrown at them this week. State Forest access was closed to the public and police were trucked in from across the region to help get drilling equipment in.
We hear all the time from the police and politicians that there aren't enough police on the beat. But at the first whiff of a protest, there seems to be no end of cops available to come barging in with riot equipment and break up the party.
To be fair to the police, a taskforce was formed in relation to the robberies. But I'm sure there was nothing like the numbers sent out to Doubtful Creek.