Berkely has been in the spotlight recently after a staggering 96 grassfires were lit in the area in just 10 weeks. Authorities suspect bored teenagers are responsible for the fires and local residents have had enough. The newly formed Lake Illawarra Northern Communties Group held their second meeting last week. Crossfire spoke to organizer Bob McKellar to find out how it went.
It seems lack of community engagement and activities is often linked to a high rate of teenage crime. Do you think local teenagers with nothing to do are being forced into dangerous activities? Or should they be able to make their own choices about whether or not they want to vent their energy into something more constructive?