Cherbourg shares in $17m to stop youth crime
CHERBOURG will get a share in $17 million in funding aimed to stop young people from re-offending.
The town will receive $280,000 a year from the Queensland Government for new bail support services.
"We're working with the community to design the service in a way that they feel comfortable will meet the specific needs of the Cherbourg community," Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said.
"We have a whole of government approach with a range of initiatives to support the Cherbourg community including, specifically for young people."
Bail support services and structured activities were provided in Cherbourg over the school holiday period with two organisations providing a short-term 24/7 response to divert 10-17 year-olds at high risk of offending.
This included an after-hours bail assistance for young people charged, helped reconnect them with family to ensure they were safe and supervised as well as welfare checks and bail assistance for young people in watch houses.
Cherbourg was one of the first areas identified for the new initiative which will also take place in Townsville, Cairns, Mount Isa, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Toowoomba, Beenleigh and across South East Queensland.
As part of the new initiative an early intervention program for families and young people to address early offending will be put in place.
"The approach is for the family and young to participate in a facilitated meeting to address underlying causes of the young person's offending behaviour and for the family to take practical efforts and responsibility for finding solutions to prevent ongoing offending," Ms Farmer said.
"The support offered will be delivered by qualified and experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers from the local community."
The $17 million of funding includes $3.1 million for a state-wide legal service to provide support so that young people can readily and easily access the help they need.
This includes legal representation and bail applications, if they do come into contact with youth justice.
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