A Liberal-National Government will provide up to $10 million in priority funding for a Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) to help tackle the soaring youth crime problem on the Northern Gold Coast by providing more early intervention programs.
Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton and Liberal National Party candidate for Fadden Cameron Caldwell are supporting a PCYC for Pimpama after listening to the local community.
“Crime is a problem on the Gold Coast, and it’s been allowed to flourish under the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Dutton said.
“As a former Queensland police officer, and the Minister for Home Affairs, I know all too well how important it is to ensure there are multiple programs and avenues to keep people safe – which is why it was so disappointing to see the Albanese Government rip $50 million dollars from Round 7 of the Safer Communities Grants, which provided programs for at-risk youth.
“A Liberal-National Government I lead will restore that funding, and ensure a practical approach to tackling soaring rates of youth crime.”
Cameron Caldwell said it was crucial to fund early intervention programs for Gold Coast youths.
“What we’re seeing is out of control youth crime rates in northern suburbs like Pimpama and Coomera, and residents are fed up with it – and they feel unsafe.
“Diversionary programs like those provided by a PCYC at Pimpama will help steer at-risk youths towards a better future.
“As the former Planning Chair at Gold Coast City Council, I know how important it is to have strong relationships to get projects like this done, which is where my experience will ensure I deliver for the people of Fadden.”
The Pimpama PCYC also has the support of the Queensland Opposition and the local community, with a previous petition from Rotary Club of Ormeau-Pimpama garnering thousands of signatures backing in this project.
30 June 2023