Murgon curfew petition to be presented to parliament
MANY in the Murgon community have had enough of youth crime in the town, and have taken matters into their own hands to combat the issue.
Hundreds of people - 390 as at 4pm on Monday, April 15 - have signed a petition to be presented in Queensland Parliament.
The petition calls for a 10pm curfew for unsupervised children, and wants action taken on a number of issues relating to a spike in youth crime in the community.
The principal petitioner is Murgon businessman and president of the Murgon Business and Development Association, Leo Geraghty.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington is the sponsoring member, and below is the petition she will present in parliament.
TO: The Honourable Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Queensland residents draw to the attention of the House continuing concerns about the level of youth related crime in Murgon; young people being unsupervised on the street after 10 pm; insufficient staffing levels at the Murgon Police Station on weekends; and ineffective soft-on-crime sentences for young offenders through the court system.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to consider additional strategies to combat youth crime such as a youth curfew of 10 pm for the township of Murgon; additional police to be rostered for weekend night shifts; additional police on the streets of Murgon between 10 pm and 5 am; and tougher sentencing for youth offenders.
Mrs Frecklington said the community had been calling for this for more than 12 months.
"There have been calls by the community for a curfew in Murgon since youth crime started to escalate in the town in early 2018,” she said.
"I know there have also recently been calls by the Cherbourg community for a similar curfew in their township.”
While Mrs Frecklington is behind the curfew, she doesn't believe the current State Government will support it.
"While I support the community's calls for a curfew, I don't believe the Labor Government will listen to these calls, or take on board this strategy,” she said.
"However, I congratulate the Murgon Business and Development Association on the petition, and their determination to highlight this situation with the minister for police so that he understands the level of frustration and concern being felt about youth crime in Murgon and Cherbourg.”