Townsville youth could soon be taking part in a nightly curfew in a proposed trial to tackle youth crime in the North Queensland region.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls says a $26 million crime action plan would also freeze welfare payments for parents with children in detention, the ABC reports.
The Liberal National’s plan includes $8.6m to create a 20 person specialist Rapid Action Patrol police squad, $10m for a police helicopter for the Townsville and Cairns region, and the introduction of new policing policy targeting hoons and car theft.
"We will implement a six-month $1.3-million youth curfew strategy, named Operation Townsville Safe Streets to help residents get their community back," Mr Nicholls said.
"The shelter will be staffed with a counsellor and nurse to ensure the wellbeing of the child, while ensuring the community is protected.
"The Townsville community is crying out for action and leadership on this issue and is sick to death of these young criminals running amok with impunity.
"That is why we will also partner with the Commonwealth Government to ensure parents of a child in youth detention don't receive welfare payments they would normally receive while that child is behind bars."