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Thousands sign petition against controversial Caloundra youth jail


More than 6000 people have signed a petition demanding the State Government scrap their controversial plans for a youth jail in Caloundra.

The LNP moved a motion in Parliament last week condemning the government and demanding they abandon the plans.

The motion noted the proposed youth remand centre will be close to a school, a retirement village, an RSL, an early learning centre, a hospital and an ambulance station.

Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie says the response to the petition is huge.

“The majority of people who signed the petition are residents in the Caloundra electorate,” Mr Bleijie said.

“The Member for Caloundra should stand up for the 6147 residents in his community that signed the petition.”

Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt told parliament the proposal talked about the location of the potential facility, and in that respect it was not unlike other watch houses and custodial facilities.

“The Woodford Correctional Centre is 2,500 metres from the CBD of Woodford,” he said.

“A potential youth justice facility of up to 30 young people is apparently the end of civilization as we know it.”

Mr Hunt also raised questions over the authenticity of some of the signatures on the petition.

“One of the petitioners is ‘John’—nothing else, just ‘John’," he said.

“ ‘John’, however, is in better shape than ‘S’— no names, no details, no address, simply the letter ‘S’.

“Apparently, this mystery letter of the alphabet also lives in Caloundra and, like Zorro, simply identifies themselves by a single consonant.

“This government will not engage in this high farce around this serious issue, but will continue to consult and deal in the facts while putting the safety of the community first.”

The LNP motion did not pass but the petition was tabled.


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