Chaplains on the beat to observe Gladstone nightlife

A TEAM of eight church volunteers are almost ready to brave Gladstone's mean streets on Saturday nights.

Tonight a trial group of street chaplains will observe the behaviour of revellers travelling between nightspots on Goondoon St.

The initiative was developed in a partnership between Gladstone Police and the Gladstone Christian Leaders Network after the success of Operation Parasol, a police initiative to target drunken violence.

Pastor James Hewitt said teams of six to eight volunteers dressed in orange vests will hit the streets between 11pm and 4am next Saturday night.

"I'm very excited to see the program begin," he said.

"We had 24 people volunteer for the positions and they will be placed on a rotating roster."

Volunteer street chaplains are both male and female, aged mainly in their 30s.

"We're not there to police, but to provide a listening ear for people who want to talk to someone," Pastor Hewitt said.



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