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Call for security patrols on Urangan Pier

A PUSH for better security at Hervey Bay's iconic Urangan Pier is gaining momentum, with hundreds of locals getting behind the campaign on social media.

Tired of being forced away from the fishing hub, a group of locals has formed to petition the council for CCTV cameras to stop a group of young "pier rats" from ruining the fun for everyone else.

An article about the petition, which highlighted the behaviour - verbal abuse, the mistreatment of birds and fish and soft drink cans being thrown at retirees were among the examples - had been shared several hundred times by Thursday afternoon.

Tourism operator Andrew Chorley said an unwelcome element had always existed at the pier but agreed that the environment had deteriorated further in recent times.

He believes patrols by council compliance officers or privately funded security guards would not only "clear out the riff raff" but encourage a better image for the pier in general.

"The first thing families do when they get here is go for a walk on the pier," Mr Chorley said.

"If there is dead fish and rubbish everywhere, they are not going to want to go back."

The petition will be available at weekend markets and at the Chronicle's Hervey Bay and Maryborough front counters from Monday.

Senior Constable Mick Bleakley patrolling the Urangan Pier.
Senior Constable Mick Bleakley patrolling the Urangan Pier. Valerie Horton

Topics:  hervey bay police, urangan, urangan pier, youth




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