Beaudesert youth more in need ofsupport than ever, says PCYC campaigner

UNITED: Acting police inspector Ken Murray with Kel Clarke and Kerri Anne Horig from PCYC and YACC's John Powell joined forces to support the PCYC campaign at last month's Chamber of Commerce meeting. Photo: Larraine Sathicq.
UNITED: Acting police inspector Ken Murray with Kel Clarke and Kerri Anne Horig from PCYC and YACC's John Powell joined forces to support the PCYC campaign at last month's Chamber of Commerce meeting. Photo: Larraine Sathicq.

BEAUDESERT youth are in need of support today more than ever, says Youth and Community Centre president John Powell.

Mr Powell, who has been instrumental in keeping the Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce Police Citizens Youth Club bid front of mind with the town's leaders, said a PCYC would help at-risk families with a range of issues.

"Any time you have youth at risk ... an organisation such as PCYC with a proven track record running programs for all sorts of problems for all sorts of people, can have a huge impact on communities like ours," he said.

Mr Powell said there was a meeting between YACC representatives and senior police officers on September 7 at the Beaudesert Bowls Club.

Those present included Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins, Inspector Tracey Dale, PCYC's Inspector Brett Barber and Beaudesert's own senior police officer, Acting Inspector Ken Murray.

Mr Powell said the calibre of the officers who attended demonstrated that QPS was supportive of the project.

"We spoke about various PCYC programs aimed at youth engagement and youth justice," Mr Powell said.

"We also discussed the potential for an Emergency Service Cadet program that we hope to have up and running by the end of the year."

It comes as Suicide Prevention Australia chief executive Nieves Murray said young people were seeking help at twice the rate of their parent's generations.

A reported 84 per cent of suicide prevention services and workers experienced an increase in demand in the past year.

Federal MP Scott Buchholz said there was no silver bullet to anti-social behaviour, criminal activity or domestic violence issues in any community.

"This isn't an issue isolated to us here in Beaudesert or anywhere else and together as a community there is more to be done," he said.

"We can only address these complex social issues together.

"We can help improve the situations of families and especially those facing disadvantage through employment, access to health and education services, community based sport, other support services and by improving policing.

"Locally we have a number of services that work hard to assist people, such as BeauCare, Zonta and of course our new HeadSpace is supporting young people.

"It would be fantastic to see a PCYC here in Beaudesert, a community that is growing."

Mr Powell said YACC was moving ahead in several areas and hoped to start some youth and community programs in the new year. He said the level of support was encouraging.

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