May 17, 2018
A second petition – which Police Minister Mark Ryan will be obliged to acknowledge – has been launched targeting crime issues in the South Burnett.
The first petition – on change.org – was started by Kingaroy resident Laura Freeman on Tuesday.
By lunchtime on Monday, it had attracted more than 850 signatures.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington has promised to table these results in State Parliament.
However, because change.org petitions do not conform to guidelines established by Parliament, Minister Ryan is not obliged to respond.
To counter this, Laura and Mrs Frecklington’s office have drafted a second petition which does conform to Parliamentary rules.
To: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House concerns raised by the community, despite the best efforts of hardworking local Police, in regards to the growing crime rate in the South Burnett and Cherbourg Council areas following increased and continued incidents of car thefts and home break-ins.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to consider policing and preventative strategies for these communities, including extra policing resources, harsher penalties for offenders, youth crime prevention programs and strategies to help prevent juvenile offenders from re-offending.
This petition can be filled out online (see link below), or signed in person at the Nanango Electorate Office in Alford Street, Kingaroy (opposite Shoppingworld).
Laura has asked everyone who has signed to first petition to take the time to sign the new one.
“I ask you all to take a minute to also show your support … so we can get some real action,” she said.
“Once we have completed a Parliament-conforming petition, Deb will run it in Parliament and the Minister is required to respond within four weeks.
“Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to sign (the change.org) petition and get our voices heard.
“In the last 48 hours we have had several media outlets reporting on it which is exactly what we need to create a positive change.
“Let’s work together and get the ball rolling to see some real results!”