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YOUTH crime is very much in the news, at the moment.

Not just in Queensland – youths seem to be going on a rampage in all states.

It is a very divisive issue, as those who read the Letters to the Editor page in this newspaper will know.

There was a letter about the topic in both the Wednesday, January 4, and Wednesday, January 11, issues. There is also one in today’s issue – see page 6.

Personally, I can see both sides of the argument.

There’s the ‘lock them up with adults – ‘do the crime, do the time’ attitude; and there’s also the ‘show some compassion, they’re just (misguided) kids’ camp.

I think people – all people – should pay for their crimes but locking up 18-year-olds with seasoned criminals is not smart.

They learn from ‘the best’ and come out and do it again.

These kids need to be re-socialised – reconditioned – call it what you like (and if that sounds a bit communistic, then so be it).

I think the idea of ‘work camps’ on farms is a good idea, with qualified professionals on hand, of course.

What do you think? Write and let us know – editor@whitsundaynews.net.au


It is the first council meeting of the year, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, which will be exciting as we have a new Division Two  councillor.

It’s always good when there’s ‘new blood’ at the table!

Council also has a new Chief Executive Officer arriving. Warren Bunker will officially start on February 27, 2023.

Oi, Oi, Oi

Love it or hate it, it’s Australia Day tomorrow, with plenty going on right around this wonderful region.

Whitsunday Regional Council will be honouring the region’s heroes, with the Australia Day Awards, and welcoming the Whitsundays’ newest Australian Citizens, at the Citizenship Ceremony.

The community celebration is due to be held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 10am until 1pm, and will include a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, a free barbecue, lamingtons, family activities and live music! See story page 4.

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.

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