Need for youth fund­ing dis­cussed

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

THE va­ri­ety of youth ser­vices on of­fer and need for fund­ing were part of dis­cus­sions at a fo­rum in But­ler re­cently.

But­ler MLA John Quigley hosted the Septem­ber 29 fo­rum with po­lice and youth ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions af­ter res­i­dents raised con­cerns about ‘youth gang crime’ is­sues in the area.

Speak­ers in­cluded Clark­son Se­nior Sergeant Stephen Fo­ley, In­spec­tor Dale Bell and Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Youth Cen­tres (PCYC) chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gille­spie.

Mr Quigley said he was im­pressed by the num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing with youth in the area.

“The thing that re­ally im­pressed the com­mu­nity was the re-en­try of PCYC into the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The PCYC team takes its bus to lo­ca­tions such as Yanchep District High School and But­ler Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Edmund Rice Cen­tre and Mer­cyCare also run youth pro­grams in the area.

Box­ing WA vice pres­i­dent Sean Nash at­tended and said he hoped to in­tro­duce a box­ing pro­gram in But­ler that teaches self re­spect and self dis­ci­pline.

Sgt Fo­ley said the fo­rum was a start­ing point to lis­ten to res­i­dents’ con­cerns, and po­lice would con­tinue look­ing at ways to ad­dress those.

“There are some good things go­ing on at the mo­ment with the PCYC up in But­ler ev­ery Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon for term four,” he said.

“From a po­lice per­spec­tive

there is def­i­nitely not a gang prob­lem. Crime in But­ler is down to the same time last year.

“There is noth­ing to in­di­cate there are any ma­jor is­sues in But­ler, but if res­i­dents see some­thing, they need to tell us.”

The sergeant en­cour­aged peo­ple to re­port in­ci­dents and sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice rather than post­ing it on so­cial me­dia.

In­spec­tor Dale Bell, Snr Sgt Stephen Fo­ley, But­ler MLA John Quigley and Tracey Roberts were among oth­ers at the fo­rum.

(Above left): PCYC chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gille­spie. Right: Snr Sergeant Stephen Fo­ley with But­ler MLA John Quigley.

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