Juveniles head offenders list

HALF of all property offences in Rockhampton are being carried out by juveniles.

This is what a recent Youth Justice Reference Group meeting heard from police, according to attendee Will Cordwell.

"QPS said about 50% of all property offences in Rockhampton are committed by young offenders," he said.

Mr Cordwell, who owns the Ascot Hotel, said a department of communities spokesperson told him at the meeting that in order to make a difference, intervention does need to occur and that there needs to be a suite of responses to make a difference for these families and ultimately the young people.

However, with any interventions that are in place now, it is likely that the outcomes are long-term outcomes and we may not see these for six months.

Mr Cordwell said another meeting attendee said the families felt the effect of the behaviour their young people were engaging in and that they felt shame in the town.

He said it was suggested that by providing work opportunities in the hospitality industry for young indigenous people, through role modelling there would be a lower rate of offending in those businesses

A review of all services offering youth or family support, including 14 organisations, 38 programs, are to be completed next Thursday with a draft report to be sent to the State Communities Services Minister Karen Struthers.

Ms Struthers told parliament recently that the youth offender blitz program recently established was already reporting good results.



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