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Amaroo – hotbed of criminality?

By johnboy - 27 March 2007 41

RiotACT advertiser and Liberal Candidate for the seat of Fraser, Troy Williams, has put out a media release announcing that he feels the pain of Amaroo residents.

It would appear they have been besieged by hoons and vandals.

“There seems to be a growing instance of cars racing along main streets and doing burn-outs in parks. It’s disturbing behavior that is unsafe for those in the car and anybody else near by.

“Sadly, vandalism is also on the increase. Garbage bins in local parks are being set on fire.

“These actions are raising concerns about community safety in Amaroo”

Is it really this bad? And would a bowling alley make much difference?

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41 Responses to
Amaroo – hotbed of criminality?
Kramer 9:33 am 28 Mar 07

I’m sick of people blaming anti-social behaviour on kids being bored. It is not the government’s responsibility to provide entertainment. There are plenty of ways young people can amuse themselves safely, healthily and without a lot of cash.

nyssa76 11:31 pm 27 Mar 07

True bigred but it is interesting to note that after a few years, a new development area has that problem in spades.

Perhaps it’s because the housing was cheaper on the outskirts as opposed to the city, then young families move out there, it takes ages for anything to be build up and the kids are now teenagers with nothing better to do than melt ottos, blow up letterboxes and hoon around in shitty cars.

Perhaps more thought should be put into providing infrastructure BEFORE the houses are built.

Don’t be surprised if we have the same conversation in a few years about the Forde and Harrison communities.

bigred 10:03 pm 27 Mar 07

Yeah why is Amaroo special? This sort of behaviour is just part of normal everyday Canberra humdrum existence. Give us a break.

seepi 8:38 pm 27 Mar 07

I don’t think we should just expect to put up with hoons and vandals – we should at least try to do something about it, via community facilities, policing or both.

Nemo 8:19 pm 27 Mar 07

Probably because you already have them…..

Lessa 7:50 pm 27 Mar 07

I think maybe the residents of Amaroo should learn to deal with it. Vandalism and hoons are going to be everywhere no matter what. Where I live its quite common to have your bin nicked and melted in an underpass. people steal, drag and BURN cars around here. You don’t hear us asking for bowling alleys and cinemas.

crt 6:43 pm 27 Mar 07

bowling alley? ‘hey guys instead of doing burnouts tonight, let go bowling!’crazy times!’ Another politician in touch with the community….

bonfire 5:25 pm 27 Mar 07

im still hoping the majura park idea goes ahead. there are no real problems with having the dragway out there, apart from loud nimbys who dont like anything occurring which might let people have some fun.

these wowsers also whip themselves, misquote the bible, vote green, are vegans, and practise ritualistic forms of onanism to detrimental excess.

i hear they also favour recumbent bikes.

Kramer 3:29 pm 27 Mar 07

Also, building a dragway may also help alleviate the situation, but both Labour and Liberal ACT govts have managed to tie that one up with red tape.

Kramer 3:27 pm 27 Mar 07

Would be good to see the proposed Gungahlin dirt jump park go ahead. This would give these guys a good place to expend some of their excess energy.

iceu- 12:22 pm 27 Mar 07

We live near the school in Amaroo and think that “no extra police patrols are necessary” is rubbish. Our main problem is with the hoons, who are largely 20- and 30-somethings.

They’re out the back of Amaroo nearly every night, in the school carparks, along Horsepark Drive and Katherine Avenue, so police patrols WOULD do something.

Sure, give them something else to do, but surely giving something to deter them is needed to?

(by the way, I like living in Amaroo and still feel safe walking around there at night, our main annoyance is the hoons and if they’re going to come crashing into our loungeroom one day.)

Thumper 11:12 am 27 Mar 07

You’ve got to break the cycle at some stage of life, not just let antisocial behaviour become self perpetuating.

RM 10:52 am 27 Mar 07

Seeing the ‘hoons’ have vehicles, why don’t they just drive to another area, where they apparently won’t be as ‘bored’?
Or gee, maybe it’s got nothing to do with them being bored, more to do with them being idiots that don’t respect the community they live in! Creating sporting clubs etc. might help the younger generation NOT commencing this behaviour, but I doubt it will change the behaviour of the already ‘bored-ised’ youths.

TroyWilliams 10:44 am 27 Mar 07

G’day all

The issue came up when I was talking to residents during the past week, and has been an ongoing point of concern for some time. Basically, there isn’t a lot to do in the area and kids get bored.

There are a lot of signs saying Future Community Facility offering some form of entertainment. Its seems as if the only entertainment offered is in the signs themselves as they have been there so long they have become a joke.

Some of the local traders are working to set up a community youth group, and residents are starting to form some new sporting teams. It’s not the total solution but bit by bit it will help.

All the best


seepi 9:02 am 27 Mar 07

I’m impressed that Amaroo apparently has rubbish bins in public parks – they have all been removed from inner north parks and busstops.

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