COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Rutherford Antisocial Behaviour Prevention

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:35:40): I thank Lee Lester, Renee Meister and Salvatore Cocco, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to address antisocial behaviour in Rutherford. I acknowledge hardworking community workers and public servants from the local police and the education, housing, and communities and justice sectors.

I also acknowledge non-government organisations such as Hume Housing, Maitland Community Drug Action Team, as well as Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker and Councillor Henry Meskauskas As local residents, Lee, Renee and Salvatore have all stepped up to find solutions to reduce negative behaviour and work towards positive outcomes and pathways for young people.

I know that their efforts are appreciated by all residents, shopkeepers and workers in the area. Lee started a petition to bring debate on these issues to the Parliament, Salvatore is working hard collecting signatures and Renee has re-engaged passionately with the youth so that they can connect positively with their community without stigma.

I thank them for all their work towards resolving these issues in a positive manner.