- The LNP will provide an additional $1.5 million in social benefits bonds pilot aimed at tackling vagrancy issues in Cairns
- The LNP has listened to the concerns of local residents and business owners who are at their wits’ end with itinerants causing disturbances, public nuisance and petty street crime
- Only the LNP can be trusted to provide safe and liveable communities for Queensland families
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will provide $1.5 million to deliver social benefits bonds aimed at tackling vagrancy issues in Cairns.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said local vagrancy and petty street crime continued to plague Cairns and surrounding areas under Annastacia Palaszczuk who had done nothing to fix the problem.
“Our plan will see government partnering with non-government organisations and equity firms to invest in local targeted solutions to tackle anti-social incidents involving vagrants and itinerants in parks and public spaces,” Mr Nicholls said.
“We will also work with the local community to establish real measurable outcomes to reduce crime and to clean up Cairns streets.
“This will include dealing with homelessness, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and economic disadvantage.
“This $1.5 million initiative forms part of our plan to provide safe and liveable communities.”
LNP Cairns candidate Sam Marino said the goal was to reduce crime, deal with homelessness and provide safe streets for residents, business owners and tourists.
“The LNP has listened to the concerns of local residents and business owners who are at their wits’ end with itinerants causing disturbances, public nuisance and petty street crime,” Mr Marino said.
“Enough is enough – only the LNP will take action to tackle this issue once and for all.
“Our city is supposed to be the jewel in the crown for our tourism sector and here we have vagrants and itinerants causing untold damage to our reputation.
“I am extremely proud to be a part of an LNP team that listens to the concerns of local communities and instead of talking and reviewing will actually do something to tackle this issue.
“This is about investing in local solutions to tackle a local issue.”