Safety plan for reserve

Picture: Geoff Jones
Picture: Geoff Jones

THERE'S light at the end of the tunnel for Bill Colbourne Reserve.

Doonside residents have welcomed plans by Blacktown Council to improve safety after the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in February.

The council recommendations were adopted last week after five months of community meetings and audits of daytime and nighttime safety.

A lighting plan will be developed for the reserve to encourage youth who hang around the reserve to engage in more positive activities.

For longtime resident Allan Jacklin, the sooner the lights are put in the better.

"It's time to stop talking and get on with the job," Mr Jacklin said.

"The police need to be down here doing more regular patrols, not just when they're called out here. A lot goes on here but people don't report it."

Residents say the reserve has been a dumping ground and hive of antisocial behaviour for years.

Robert Brown wouldn't let his kids play there when they were younger.

"It was a waste of land sitting there doing nothing," he said. "It needs more things for the kids to enjoy."

Residents thanked Cr Stephen Bali for his help.

A family fun day will be held later this year.

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