Beaudesert PCYC campaign endorsed by MP Jon Krause in Parliament

PCYC: Chamber of Commerce president David Kassulke addresses a public meeting about the campaign on State of Origin night. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
PCYC: Chamber of Commerce president David Kassulke addresses a public meeting about the campaign on State of Origin night. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE campaign to establish a Police Citizens Youth Club at Beaudesert has taken another step forward after Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause raised the matter in Parliament last night.

Mr Krause told Parliament it was time we had a PCYC in Beaudesert.

"It is a campaign that I am getting fully behind-and the community is behind as well-for our sporting needs, for our youth and for community purposes," he said.

"Beaudesert needs a public indoor sporting facility for groups such as the Beaudesert Boxing Club, which is seeing years of commitment by locals coming to fruition.

"Recently Dylan Biggs, one of the graduates from the Beaudesert Boxing Club, turned professional boxer for the first time. This boxing club works out of someone's backyard in Beaudesert because there is no facility in our region to cater for that activity or the multiple other activities that could be run by the PCYC in an indoor sports facility, not to mention the early intervention youth programs and other engagement programs for people in the town."

Chamber of Commerce steering committee leader John Powell said he was pleased the issue had been put on the state government's radar.

"Jon Krause has been a great supporter of our Beaudesert PCYC initiative from day one," Mr Powell said.

"He, like many other members of our community recognise the desperate need to provide this type of facility for our region.

"I have written to the Queensland state government requesting a meeting to discuss setting up a youth development framework for Beaudesert, which can dovetail into the great work being done by Beaudesert police .

"It would be great if every level of government, federal, state and local could get behind this project and help make it happen."

Mr Krause pointed out that other community facilities could come from an investment in a PCYC in Beaudesert.

"We have a great steering committee run by the chamber of commerce," he said,

"They have been engaging with the community and with PCYC Queensland to get this project up and running.

"The police at the Beaudesert level, and also at the district level, are very supportive."

Beaudesert police station's officer in charge Ken Murray said he appreciated Mr Krause's efforts on behalf of the Beaudesert community.

"Mr Krause's impassioned speech in support for the Beaudesert PCYC mirrors my own level of enthusiasm for this project," he said.

"The Beaudesert PCYC simply isn't another structure, it will be a home away from home for many local youths, it will be the development centre for so many undiscovered talented young people, it will provide jobs, a sense of purpose and most importantly, it will bring currently unavailable services to the area.

"We live in a remarkable area with some remarkable people.

"It's time they had some facilities to match."

Mr Krause urged the government to back the project.

"A dearth of programs are offered by PCYC in the Scenic Rim region and, in fact, throughout the whole Mount Lindesay corridor," he said.

"From Jimboomba South, in the electorate of Logan, there is a shortage of this type of facility.

"I am calling on the government to get behind it. I will be lobbying the federal government as well to put money towards it and for PCYC Queensland to get behind this great community initiative that everybody in the community is behind."

Mr Krause spoke about the community information night hosted by the Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce on State of Origin night.

"I do not know what you think, Madam Deputy Speaker, but for 60 people to come out for a community project on a State of Origin night - and they were not all New South Wales supporters, they were dinky-di, true blue Queensland supporters - shows the depth of support in our local community for this project, so the government should get behind when the time comes."

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