MEMBER for Gympie David Gibson said he was going to keep working on trying to get a Police Citizen’s Youth Club (PCYC) for Gympie.
He has been talking to students on school holidays and found most said there wasn’t much to do around town, something which a PCYC could fix.
Mr Gibson also said that a PCYC may help develop good relationships with police and keep kids out of trouble.
He said although there were a lot of good kids in town some small scale crimes like vandalism, which was born out of boredom, may be stopped with more recreational facilities in Gympie.
Mr Gibson said he had been pushing for a PCYC in Gympie since 2005 and realised it wasn’t going to happen immediately but wanted the idea to stay on the table. The facility would benefit not only youth, but the whole community, he said.
“It becomes a great resource,” he said.
When living in Bundaberg Mr Gibson said he used the local PCYC, had gone to a wedding there and used it for karate lessons. He said Gympie Regional Council was supportive of a PCYC in Gympie and had even suggested that the Tozer Street council depot may be a potential site.
Mr Gibson said the idea would be a win-win for the community.