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Last week, representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council, RMS, ARTC and Moree Police met with other government agencies and residents around Sullivan Place to discuss the incidences of rock throwing, vandalism and illegal crossings of the rail and bypass corridor; in the first of a number of ‘community in the park’ meetings that will be held around Moree.


The informal setting of the park provided residents with the opportunity to express their concerns about a number of issues, which will prove useful in better understanding the problems that residents face in our community.


Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby commented that people crossing the rail and bypass corridors are putting themselves at risk from traffic. Where rocks have been thrown, there have been cases of ‘close calls’ – including near misses, damage to trucks, and physical and mental injuries on the drivers themselves.


“Surveillance campaigns have identified that offenders are mostly youths, male and female, together with some young adults.”


“Walking the rail tracks is both illegal and dangerous; crossing the bypass at dangerous locations and sometimes throwing missiles at traffic is only encouraging younger family members and friends to do the same.”


“There are also people who are riding motorbikes through the rail corridor, into oncoming traffic on the bypass and heading towards the western stock route, adjacent to Amaroo Drive; again without helmets or safety footwear. This puts not only the riders and their passengers at a major risk but also other road users and pedestrians. “


“Generally, most residents are fed up with the poor behaviour of a small group of people; but also, as young lives being endangered every day, they have real concerns about there being a serious accident – this would be devastating for our community,” he said.


Council and other agencies are working together to overcome some of the issues including improving access to transport for students of all ages, implementing education campaigns, running evening activities, installing motion-activated lighting along the rail and bypass corridor and alternative fencing material for the corridors.


Snap, send, solveDemonstrating how public action can make a real difference, Mr Witherby praised the recent Mobile Neighbourhood Watch initiative, which is providing ‘eyes and ears’ around the community, and urged residents to be proactive as well.


“We want to keep the community safe, but we need your help to let us know if you notice that something’s not right in your neighbourhood.


“We can all make a difference by reporting any incidences through to Council, just download the Snap, Send, Solve App to your phone, take a photo of the problem and send it directly to Council.”


Council can then monitor the problem, get it fixed or clean it up. You should report:


  • Any safety issues or problems
  • Street lights that are not working
  • Dumped rubbish
  • Wandering or vicious dogs
  • Graffiti, damage or vandalism
    • Footpath issues or potholes
    • Discarded needles
    • OR any other concerns you have


    Mr Witherby asked that members of the community keep themselves safe when reporting problems.


    “Put your own safety first and don’t become a part of the problem. If a situation is potentially dangerous, back away and ring the Police,” he concluded.

    Download Snap, Send, Solve for free via the App Store - iTunes or on Google Play for Android.




    Young people in Moree Plains will have the opportunity to have their concerns heard on a global stage, with the upcoming visit from Australia’s UN Ambassador for Youth, Paige Burton.


    Paige will be meeting with students from Moree and Boggabilla/Toomelah schools on Monday 29 May 2017 as part of a nationwide consultation trail being undertaken by Ms Burton, before she delivers a report to the United Nations in New York.


    Australia’s UN Ambassador for Youth, Paige Burton“Having the opportunity to represent Australia’s young people on the international stage is a huge honour, and I’m very excited to hear the incredible ideas that young people in Moree Plains have,” said Ms Burton.


    “This consultation is going to allow a diverse range of young people to shape conversations and inform decision-making policy. The aim of the consultation is to demonstrate the diversity and complexity of the young peoples’ lives.”


    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Community Development Officer, Dominic Wilcox encouraged the visit from Ms Burton.


    “We invited Paige to visit the Shire, as part of Council’s renewed commitment to genuine engagement with young people in this area,” he said.


    “We often only hear about youth in Moree Plains through the lens of crime, but we really want to give young people across the Shire a genuine platform to voice their concerns and aspirations”.


    Mr Wilcox hinted there may be more news to come about Council’s engagement with young people.


    “We’re currently looking at ways to reinvigorate the Youth Council, and use the group as a meaningful platform for civic participation and gaining jobs skills. So watch this space!”

    You can find out more about Paige and her Australia-wide journey at




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