The community of Bellbrook, west of Kempsey on the New South Wales mid-north coast, is calling for greater police resources to capture the state's most wanted man, murder suspect Malcolm Naden.
Police believe Naden, an experienced bushman, might be hiding in rugged terrain in the Upper Macleay.
Naden has been on the run since 2005 when he is alleged to have murdered Kristy Scholes in Dubbo in the central west.
Police also want to question him about the later disappearance of another woman, Lateesha Nolan.
Late last year, police say they found Naden's fingerprints after a break and enter near Bellbrook.
Bellbrook GP Dr Paul Appleton says local residents are scared Naden is in the area.
He says the local police presence needs to be increased and the community should be kept informed.
"Now I well realise the extreme difficulties that hierarchy have and that command has in managing this very volatile and very difficult situation, but you need to include the local population in at least some information," he said.
Police have put out a reward of $50,000 for information leading to Naden's arrest.
Superintendent Paul Fehon from the mid-north coast local area command says he understands there is a lot of fear in the Bellbrook community.
Superintendent Fehon says police are still looking for him and anyone who thinks they may have seen Naden should contact their local station or CrimeStoppers.
"We have been very deliberate in our planning and we are continuing in our means of tracking and identifying a location," he said.
"The thing we are trying to establish is a confirmed sighting, we would not be sending one police officer up there, we would be sending an appropriate number of resources, which we have done in the past."