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Police run program for indigenous youth

Aboriginal youth in St George are being employed by Moonrocks onion farm in a collaboration with St George Police.
Aboriginal youth in St George are being employed by Moonrocks onion farm in a collaboration with St George Police. Contributed

ST GEORGE Police are successfully running a program that sees Aboriginal youth being employed at local farms.

Seventeen indigenous youngsters aged 15-25 are currently employed by David Moon at Moonrocks picking onions and learning the skills of the trade.

Police Liaison Officer, Adam Osborne, says the program gives him an opportunity to mentor the kids.

"We are into our second week picking onions and I can already see a difference in the kids' attitudes and they have grown in confidence," he said.

Senior Sargent Tabrett said the program got his tick of approval.

"Providing young people and long-term unemployed persons the opportunity to develop skills, gain experience and potentially secure employment the project has my full support."

"Credit goes to Adam Osborne, but the support of Moonrocks has been instrumental and is a further sign of a local business investing in the social fabric of our community."

"Studies have clearly shown that when people are actively employed their self-esteem is better, they are less likely to make poor life choices and they add value to the local community.

"We have had excellent support from Care Balonne, Best Employment and Gateway to Training to make this happen."

Mr Osborne said he hopes other farmers in the area jump on board the program.

"I would love other farmers of cattle, cotton, cultivation and harvest to get on board and give the police station a call to allow the kids working opportunities."


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