Plans for new cen­tres

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A TIM Ni­cholls-led LNP Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $40 mil­lion build­ing two new ded­i­cated rein­te­gra­tion fa­cil­i­ties for young of­fend­ers in North Queens­land and South­east Queens­land.

Mr Ni­cholls said the LNP’s $40 mil­lion plan would put com­mu­nity safety first but with a fo­cus on re­duc­ing crime and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing young of­fend­ers.

He said the LNP would also would scrap La­bor’s plan to build sub­ur­ban youth bail houses at lo­ca­tions across the state in­clud­ing Townsville, Gold Coast and Lo­gan.

“The LNP’s plan will in­clude two new fa­cil­i­ties (one in Gat­ton/Lock­yer area) that will pro­vide an additional 90 beds and hold 17 to 25-year-olds in medium se­cu­rity fa­cil­i­ties,” Mr Ni­cholls said.

“The fo­cus of our rein­te­gra­tion cen­tres will be around vo­ca­tional train­ing and pro­vid­ing young pris­on­ers with the sup­port they need to rein­te­grate back into the com­mu­nity on re­lease.”

LNP Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Min­is­ter Tim Man­der said pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity was es­sen­tial.

“We will put com­mu­nity safety first.’’

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