A recent series of stories in the Cairns Post have featured a Trinity Beach groundskeeper at the Marlin Coach Soccer Club complaining about the continual vandalism and burglary at their building, along with other sport clubs in the vicinity.
Cairns Council and MP Michael Trout (who's brother Steven is again being indicted today in Cairns Supreme Court for more criminal offenses) gave no response to this plea by groundskeeper Heinz Kach.
This first blast of stories did however get a community response - the
vandals struck again. Neighbourhood Watch, the responsibility of Michael Trout, has been completely ineffectual in Trinity Beach. The small group of local teen toughs have apparently used the nearby Cairns Council-constructed youth skate park as their meeting place during nighttime hours.
So yesterday MP Trout and the never-seen-before Councillor Greg Fennell made the strangest of all announcements - they said they're going to tear down the skate park and replace it with a parking lot!
What about all the legitimate users of the skate park? Granted they've been run off by the little gangsters, but are the police now impotent in law enforcement? Why do law-abiding youth have to pay the price for failed law enforcement?
This is apparently a new policy of the Queensland LNP government. If shown to be successful here, they plan to rip up the Cook Highway between Holloways Beach and Yorkey's Knob, where speeding drivers refuse to slow down and slow drivers refuse to use the left lane.
The Queensland Police Service should be ashamed of themselves - their failure to address crime in the Northern Beaches (apparently too busy in the CBD) is legendary. And now for QPS officers to be seen standing behind the pollies nodding at this so-called "solution" is frankly disgusting.
We would however suggest that we extend this policy to the jailing of the parents and siblings of criminals. This would see both Michael Trout and his father Peter, neither accused of anything, jailed in a bid to stop the criminal actions of their brother and son Steven Trout.
Makes as much sense as tearing down a skate park. . .
UPDATE: Indictment of Steven James Trout this morning in Cairns Supreme Court:
3 counts - Possessing a Dangerous Drug in excess of 2gm
8 counts - Possessing a Dangerous Drug
1 count - Possessing a thing used in connection with possessing a dangerous drug