Rose Swadling and Will Cordwell will meet the Attorney General about Rockhampton's youth crime.
Rose Swadling and Will Cordwell will meet the Attorney General about Rockhampton's youth crime. Allan Reinikka

Push for juvenile justice reform

WHAT do a rescue helicopter service chief executive officer, a publican and a councillor have in common?

All three are advocating changes to the justice system in light of the growing juvenile crime problem in Rockhampton.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service CEO Kay Becker, Ascot Hotel owner Will Cordwell and Rockhampton Regional Council's Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling will meet with Queensland's new Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie this afternoon in Brisbane.

The trio - who are all on the Youth Justice Reference Group - have flown to Brisbane armed with statistics and copies of news paper articles outlining the issue.

The trip comes as Funzone Entertainment and Laser Tag Centre were broken into at 10.30pm on Sunday, with thieves taking a till, a torch, a cash box and a drink.

However, a police spokeswoman said there was only a handful of property offences in the Rockhampton region at the weekend and the numbers had dropped compared to a month ago, mostly due to the number of offenders now in custody.

Mr Cordwell said part of the problem was rehabilitation wasn't working, while the other part was the need to get dysfunctional families back on track.

"The legal system is letting us down and we need to delve deeper to get results," he said.

"The government has the power now to make change. What we've got to do is make sure they are sensible."

Cr Swadling said the changes needed to be acceptable across the board, and supported, to avoid failure.



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