Beaudesert residents raise concern about lack of resources for youth

TEENS: As Beaudesert grows and begins to take on a more urban vibe, teen boredom is becoming an issue..
TEENS: As Beaudesert grows and begins to take on a more urban vibe, teen boredom is becoming an issue..

BEAUDESERT residents are concerned that the town lacks places like a police citizens youth club or other sites in which teenagers can simply hang out.

Beaudesert mother of four Bec Hurley said she and a group of other mothers wanted to find a solution to the problem.

“Something has to be done, we feel the community is letting these kids down,” she said.

“I would like to think that when my kids are in that age bracket they will have somewhere cool to go where they can just be teenagers and have access to decent, unbiased mentors.

“There are some good kids out there who don’t just want to follow the crowd and it is alarming that they don’t seem to have much to do around here.”

Beaudesert Boxing Club founder Justin O’Leary said he had long struggled to accommodate the growing number of teenagers interested in training at his gym and this year he had decided to focus exclusively on boxers rather than accepting members who just wanted to join for fun and fitness.

Mr O’Leary said he was disappointed that his calls for a larger space or a police citizens youth club had seemingly fallen on deaf ears last year.

“It’s a shame, because I was already turning away at least half a dozen kids a week and now I am only training boxers,” he said. “That means good kids who would normally have been at my gym every day will now be on the streets.”

TEENS: Beaudesert's Eliza Turton, 18, says kids would benefit from more buses and a PCYC. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

TEENS: Beaudesert's Eliza Turton, 18, says kids would benefit from more buses and a PCYC. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

Beaudesert teenager and Rotary’s youngest member, Eliza Turton said more structured activities and an improved public transport system would be a good start.

“Beaudesert is growing so much and lots of kids don’t come from farming families – they can’t just hop on bikes or horses today and there aren’t as many ways of burning teenage energy,” she said.

“It would be great if there were more than one bus a day to take kids to places like Beenleigh, where they could get a train to the beach or the city during the holidays.

“I think a PCYC would be a really good place to go with their friends, allow them to see that the police are there to help the community and perhaps give them a different view of the law.” 

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said while there were many great parents around Beaudesert doing everything they can do to raise top kids, the lack of Queensland government support for many social services in our region was an issue often raised with him.

“Too often, the Scenic Rim is treated as an add-on to Logan or the Gold Coast or Ipswich and much needed support and funding disappears to larger centres, like Logan where just a couple of years ago over $6 million was spent on yet another PCYC...that would be four in that region,” he said.

Mr Krause said a Beaudesert police citizens youth club was a good idea.

“Mr O’Leary and his boxers, and other sporting and community clubs that involve young people, would benefit hugely from a PCYC as it provides a central, co-ordinated location for sport and other activities for younger people especially,” he said. 

“There is a process to get a PCYC in operation, and it requires strong community support, support from council and also local businesses, as well as support from the Queensland government.”