Michael Hart MP has welcomed the announcement of Gold Coast as a location for the State Government’s youth boot camp trial.
The Newman Government has announced a $2 million two-year trial for an early intervention camp on the Gold Coast.
“This program will give young people an opportunity for rehabilitation and is aimed at deterring them from pursuing a life in crime,” Mr Hart said.
“The Gold Coast program is targeted at young people displaying anti-social behaviour, and is designed to address the issue before the child enters the youth justice system.
“This program requires the support of the child’s parents to help change behaviours and attitudes, identify issues in the young person’s life and instil the values of self- respect and discipline.”
Michael Hart MP said the selection of the Gold Coast and program was based on a consultation process, which attracted valuable input from community groups.
“We will regularly monitor the program and should it be successful, we will look to roll the program out in other locations,” Mr Hart said.
“Now the location has been decided, we are inviting organisations to apply through a formal tender process to operate a boot camp.
“Information sessions will be held over the next month with applications closing on Wednesday 19 September 2012.
“Choosing service providers is part of our Six Month Action plan and is an important step in making sure we can respond to the range of offences being committed by young people in Queensland.”
Further information on the tender process, information sessions and funding applications is available at www.justice.qld.gov.au/youth justice
[ENDS] 22 August 2012