THE PCYC works hard to keep Gladstone youth occupied, according to acting branch manager Senior Constable Peter Dixon.

"We've got a lot of activities that we run," he said.

"Our monthly roller discos are very well patronised. Probably we would like to see more youth comfortable in the club, to know they can come and play a game of pool if they want."

Mr Dixon said youth crime did not seem to be a huge issue here.

"I've been up here for six-seven years, coming from the Gold Coast. It definitely does not have as much in youth crime as in the south-east, apart from kids being kids."

Most youth crime occurred at night, and Mr Dixon said the PCYC would be trying to get its Thursday night event up again.

"Just offer bands, DJs at the skate-park, we light it up," he said.

"From what I've heard, the feedback I've got, there's not enough to occupy youth at night."

The challenge is getting teenagers enthusiastic.

"We're always trying to implement new activities, even tried a junior 8-ball competition. Unfortunately, the youth didn't take an interest," he said.

"There is a great deal of peer pressure out there, where it may seem not to be the in thing."

FACTS

Youth Services

  • PCYC - 4972 3122: activities include boxing and pool. Thursday late night event
  • Roseberry Community Services - 4972 8200: Branchout program focuses on development and grade 10 literacy and numeracy.
  • Supportlink - QPS contracted service focuses on prevention for troubled families and youth.

 



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