Project encourages good behaviour
AFTER years of research and a fight for funding, a groundbreaking program rewarding good behaviour amongst youth will be introduced across the Fraser Coast next month.
The Positive Ticketing Program aims to encourage positive behaviour among teenagers and offers an incentive of a ticket that can be redeemed at a sponsor business.
The idea was first presented by publican Clay Clayton to the Safety Network committee in Maryborough about two years ago.
The Safety Network is made up of business people, councillors and members of the Queensland Police Service.
Fraser Coast Regional Council has received funding for a three-month trial of the program starting on Wednesday, September 1.
“This program changes the concept of policing by not only focusing on the negative aspects of what people do but the positive aspects as well,” Mr Clayton said.
“This is about recognising when young people do something good.
“They are rewarded with a ticket and each ticket has a dollar value and they can trade that in at the sponsoring businesses.
“It’s about trying to turn youth around, before they get to the stage where it’s too late.
“The Fraser Coast has an opportunity to pioneer a concept that could change policing methods across the country.”
The idea was welcomed at Maryborough’s skate park yesterday.
Foureteen-year-olds Hayden Cockburn and Greg Harse agreed the reward program would encourage teens to do the right thing, as did their friend Edwin Paulin.
“It sounds awesome,” Edwin said.
“It’s a good idea and I’m surprised no one’s done it earlier.”