26 Sep 2008 12:00 PMJann Stuckey

September 26 2008

LNP Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has today blasted Acting Queensland Premier Paul Lucas for his irresponsible advice to Southern Gold Coast residents that they ignore the “Hoon Watch” initiative launched by Ms Stuckey on Wednesday.

“Hoon Watch” was launched in response to a community survey instigated by Ms Stuckey in the past few months in which more than two-thirds of the 3,000 plus respondents cited law and order issues as their main concerns.

“Hoon Watch will make it easier for residents to formalise their complaints about car street-racing, trail bikes and burn-out offences and give police an accurate picture of what took place,” said Ms Stuckey.

“A Hoon Watch Program is running successfully in NSW by Geoff Provest MP and supported by the NSW Police.  My local police have also indicated their support for this initiative.”

“Mr Lucas is playing politics and his comments on radio this morning are an insult and a slap in the face to residents in Currumbin who want this kind of behaviour stamped out and who have been contacting my office in droves wanting to assist police catch these hoodlums.”

“This is typical out of touch comments from a Labor Government that is on the nose, soft on crime and ignoring local concerns.  It’s about time the Minister got out of his ivory tower and had a good hard look at the community engaging with police to help make our neighbourhoods safer.”

“These comments from a Labor Member who has voted down at least 7 Law and Order Private Members Bills in Parliament, shows his arrogance and a further example a State Labor Government taking voters for granted.”

Today’s Gold Coast Bulletin published a Shame list for hoons with 15 of the 56 hooning incidents in Queensland reported in the suburbs of Elanora, Palm Beach and Tallebudgera. 

“Since the beginning of this year, police have responded to 56 hooning incidents as a direct result of complaints from concerned residents. Police are urging residents to voice their concerns by continuing to contribute to a hoon map.” Gold Coast Bulletin 26/09/2008

“Unlike the silent Labor members here on the Gold Coast this proactive initiative recognises the concerns of residents and assists the police in apprehending these offenders earlier,” said Ms Stuckey.