Beaudesert business leaders vow to establish PCYC for local youth

PCYC: Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce president David Kasulke, Beaudesert State High School principal Brad Roberts and steering committee members Lesley Turton, John Powell, Bel Brown and Tim Walker. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
PCYC: Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce president David Kasulke, Beaudesert State High School principal Brad Roberts and steering committee members Lesley Turton, John Powell, Bel Brown and Tim Walker. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Chamber of Commerce says Beaudesert is in dire need of a Police Citizens Youth Club and at their general meeting this week, showed they are determined to make it happen in three years or sooner.

A steering committee has been established and immediately began to research what would be needed to establish the facility, which members believe will provide healthy activities and positive adult role models for the town's youth.

Chamber of Commerce president David Kassulke said he accompanied members of the steering committee, John Powell, Lesley Turton and Bel Brown for a tour of PCYC clubs including Fortitude Valley, Inala and Ipswich, where they were joined by staunch supporter Jon Krause.

Mr Kassulke said each facility was impressive in its own way and the PCYC staff gave them ideas on what would be needed for Beaudesert.

"We have spoken to Scenic Rim council about getting on board but we discovered that not all successful PCYCs have council involvement," he said.

"We will need to find a site big enough for the club but looking at all the programs available through PCYC, with all the empty spaces around town there are some things we could even start prior to building a facility."

PCYC: Jon Krause with Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce representatives and PCYC staff at the Ipswich club. Photo: Supplied

PCYC: Jon Krause with Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce representatives and PCYC staff at the Ipswich club. Photo: Supplied

Committee member John Powell said the group had been receiving letters of support from local businesses and would put together a report to submit to council in November.

He said the tour of other facilities was an eye opener.

"They have amazing stories about kids who were troubled and are now leaders in their communities. It has such a good effect on kids," he said. "We definitely need this here."

Mr Powell said Beaudesert police were dealing with 30 domestic violence incidents a month, which added up to about 15 children a week who really did not want to be home after school or on weekends and currently had virtually nowhere else to go.

Beaudesert State High School principal Brad Roberts also spoke at the meeting, throwing his support behind the project.

"We have a lot of children in our area ... not being cared for by their parents," he said.

"We've got good people here in Beaudesert, we need to break that cycle."

Mr Powell said the PCYC at Inala was an older facility in a run down area but was the most profitable club in south-east Queensland, with office space rented to other organisations funding activities for local youth and even supporting PCYC programs in north Queensland.

"If we design and build it right there's no reason we can't have the same success here," Mr Powell said.

Beaudesert Police's acting officer in charge Natalie Cole backed the idea.

"We are super excited with the news of a possible PCYC in Beaudesert," she said.

"We are always looking for ways assist our youth and create places to keep them engaged.

"We are unique in Beaudesert being a part of a small community where we need to work collaboratively to achieve overall goals .

"We as a community need to grasp this and use it to our advantage by continuing to work together making change more achievable. As Police we are seeing positive change and working hard to make it happen."