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14 December, 2021

Mareeba set to rally against crime

“Any amount of crime is totally unacceptable,” Ms Lui said.

By Robyn Holmes

The Mareeba Cenotaph has been targeted on numerous occasions by vandals.

“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government has toughened up the laws, including the introduction of the presumption against bail for youth off enders and the toughest antihoon legislation in the nation. 

“We are also making record investments in policing to ensure the Queensland Police Service has the personnel and the resources to keep the community safe. 

“Additionally, the Youth Justice Taskforce recently travelled to Cairns and announced it will focus on building intensive multi-agency case management of the top 10 per cent serious repeat off enders across the state. 

“The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs is also exploring options for office space in Mareeba to accommodate extra staff from the Atherton youth justice office.” 

However, Deputy Opposition Leader David Janetzki has accused Ms Lui of “abandoning Mareeba”. 

“First she moved her electorate office out of the region and now she’s walking away from the youth crime problem. Mareeba locals deserve more respect from their State Member of Parliament,” Mr Janetzki said. 

“Our frontline police officers are doing an incredible job under immense stress and they too deserve more respect, resources and support. 

“The frustration from Far Northern business owners and residents is white hot. 

They’re sick of this crimewave and they’re sick of the local Labor MPs ignoring them. 

“The latest crime data is deeply concerning and should serve as a wake-up call for the State Government.

“Mareeba and Cairns have been hijacked by young thugs and the State Government is refusing to get tough. 

The LNP will continue to put solutions on the table including reinstating breach of bail as an offence.” The public rally will be held at Davies Park on Sunday from 12.30pm.

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