We're willing to give new Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie (say "Bligh") a pass on the debacle now being created by the LNP in Kuranda. Bleijie (say "Bligh") wasn't fully across how stupid MP's Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout really are.
With ham-handed ignorance, King and Trout strutted like the two proud turkeys they are at the launch of the FNQ "Boot Camp" in a Kuranda residential development known as "Top of the Range". Granted, Bleijie (say "Bligh") might have asked if a place callled "Top of the Range" was an appropriate location for a boot camp of recidivist juvenile offenders. After all it wasn't put in "Beverly Hills".
Well the gross stupidity exhibited by King and Trout is coming
home to roost, with Kuranda residents angry about the location and the rest of FNQ starting to realise that an "LNP Boot Camp" is looking a lot more comfy than an ALP prison cell. The state has apparently purchased this house in what is clearly a residential area - sure the blocks are a little bigger, but its only a short walk to the Kennedy Highway. So much for property values in this area - houses in the immediate area of the "boot mansion" are now unsellable.
And residents are hopping mad.
At the very least the residents deserved some notice, and a Material Change of Use order should have been requested from the Council. But residents want to know why criminals are being stored in this formerly crime-free residential area, under the supervision not of trained security staff but the equivalent of a house mother.
Likewise, the process for vetting and picking a boot camp operator was shrouded in mystery, with at least one vendor the choice being pushed by the Member for MacKenzie until a shady background started to leak out. The vendor finally chosen, "Safe Pathways", was said in the Media Statement to have "20 years experience in providing human services. . . " As an employment agency! ZERO experience working with criminal, at-risk youths. The Gold Coast winning boot camp tender? "The Kokoda Challenge Association", with seven years experience and an isolated property at Lake Maroon.
"Safe Pathways" or "Kokoda Challenge" - even the sound of the two shows how badly our local MP's have wimped out.
With the residents of Kuranda demanding a meeting over the site selection consultation (NONE), the efficacy of the program and program managers was even under attack by anti-crime buffoon Barry Neale this morning. Neale has sided with the Kuranda residents on the slip-shod planning that looks to have thrown all of these unworkable elements together.
It's a Dud with a capital "D".
Trying to stem the growing momentum against this idiotic plan, Youth Justice Services and the Safe Pathways vendor have arranged an "information session" tomorrow (Thursday), 4 April at 7:30 PM at the Old Kuranda School.
And while the "boot camp" was a promise of Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King to the electorate of Cairns, he's refused to attend instead sticking Trouty with the job. Of course Michael Trout has extensive experience living with crims.
Cairns has the youth crime problem, Cairns is the home to these little dickheads. Car theft is rampant across the city (but if you've left your keys in the car you deserve it). But let Trouty clean up the mess. Good onya, Gavin. Your lack of testicles is a sight to behold.