Maranoa council to provide helping outlets for youth crime offenders
Maranoa councillors have voted in favour of a training space for troubled youth after an increase in crime stemming from juvenile offenders.
Mayor Tyson Golder told fellow councillors at the meeting in Roma on Wednesday, March 10, that council were “custodians of the community” and must do something about growing concerns of youth crime.
Councillor Golder said he had attended a meeting the day before with various organisations in Roma about getting troubled youth busy through boxing and various training programs.
“I certainly do believe we need to do something and get on top of crime,” he said.
“We do have some challenges with issues in the community and I do believe being proactive and many groups getting involved can help.
“ … If we lead the way and support people wanting to have a go, we can make a difference and improve the lives of the youth in this area.”
The mayor moved the motion to have council make space at Bassett Park for an organisation to provide a food service, boxing and other training programs for a trial period of six months to help youths in the area.
An unconvinced councillor Joh Hancock asked the mayor about a brief of information she requested about services provided at PCYC and other facilities in the area.
“I think they also do boxing and exercise and I have been waiting for that brief so we can work out what’s happening,” councillor Hancock asked.
Deputy Mayor Geoff McMullen interjected, telling councillors he had information from local police and elected the meeting go into closed to discuss it.
When the meeting reopened, councillor Golder moved that council allow the organisation Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Limited (CWAATSICH) to provide services at Bassett Park for a short period of time.
Councillor George Ladbrook seconded the mayor’s motion and the remaining councillors voted in favour for the program.