PCYC gives kids hang-out space
THE Gladstone Police Liaison Unit, in conjunction with supporting organisations, is in the initial stages of implementing an initiative to address the number of youths congregating at Stocklands, Kin Kora on Thursday night shopping, by offering alternative facilities.
A spokesperson said youth had limited options to associate and congregate together out of school hours and to offer alternative facilities and activities that capture the youth’s interest on Thursday nights would help reduce the numbers and overcome boredom and opportunistic crimes, and lead to a more pleasant environment for shoppers.
Encouraging the kids to attend the Gladstone Skate Park, that will be lit up, and utilise the facilities of PCYC accompanied by activities would be much safer for the youth in a controlled, supervised environment.
The Police Liaison Unit and supporting organisations have encouraged the youth to set up their own steering committee and have offered support to facilitate and accommodate the activities they request.
The steering committee have named the event as ‘Thursday Night Events’ that will commence tomorrow night, October 7, between 6pm and 9pm. This event will be run every Thursday night throughout the year with the exclusion of school holidays and will include lighting up the skate park, local bands and DJs, PS3 games and barbecue.
The committee has also set up a Facebook page titled ‘Thursday Night Events’.
For further information regarding this initiative please contact Brad Dredge from the Gladstone Police Liaison Unit on 49713222 or email on Dredge.BradC@police.qld.gov.au