PREMIER Campbell Newman yesterday announced Rockhampton would have a youth boot camp by September as the State Government continues its overhaul of the youth justice system.

Mr Newman and Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie revealed the details of the "early intervention" boot camp after a tour of Rockhampton PCYC.

As part of the program juvenile offenders will be involved in volunteering at organisations such as PCYC or Meals on Wheels.

Mr Bleijie said it would also involve eight days in-house, months of mentoring, and family involvement.

Campbell Newman at the PCYC in Rockhampton announcing a boot camp program. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Campbell Newman at the PCYC in Rockhampton announcing a boot camp program. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK240313sboot1

Youths can also be referred by police or teachers.

More than 600 youths appeared before a magistrate in Rockhampton during the 2011-12 financial year, according to Queensland Magistrates Courts.

The figures showed the number of juvenile offenders had risen since 2010-2011, and that the Rockhampton region had one of the highest percentage of juvenile offenders of any of the state's major centres. Mr Newman said he understood the community felt "enough's enough".

"That there's too much of these juvenile criminal activities going on," he said. "People are sick and tired of these break and enters, they're sick and tired of their cars taken for joy rides, they've had enough ... and people are concerned about sentencing that doesn't seem to have an impact."

Mr Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced on Saturday $100million to revitalise Queensland state schools after a tour of Rockhampton State High School.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $100 million to revitalise Queensland state schools through the Fixing Our Schools Fund
  • Early intervention youth boot camp for Rockhampton
  • Information paper and survey for people to comment on youth justice policy at justice.qld.gov.au


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