Operation Hard Yakka graduation - Nine-year-old Anthony Mortimer from Ipswich is reunited with his mother Elizabeth Donovan after his week long stint at the Susan River bootcamp.
Operation Hard Yakka graduation - Nine-year-old Anthony Mortimer from Ipswich is reunited with his mother Elizabeth Donovan after his week long stint at the Susan River bootcamp. Alistair Brightman

Nine year old is youngest to attend Susan River boot camp

SIX misbehaving teens from Queensland and New South Wales have an opportunity to turn their lives around after a week of "tough love" at a Fraser Coast boot camp.

The seven-day program was the first for Operation Hard Yakka in 2013 and aimed to help teens with behavioural problems get back onto the right path.

Former special forces instructor Bob Davis, who runs the courses at Susan River, said all the youngsters involved had learnt some important life values.

"It's a military-style youth diversion training program... it's not all about the military it's about understanding - we discuss things like respect and attitude," he said.

Elizabeth Donovan, from Ipswich, saw her son Anthony Mortimer complete the program.

Nine-year-old Anthony was the youngest person to attended Operation Hard Yakka since its inception in July 2008.

"I hope he learns self respect and it helps with his behaviour control, and also respect for myself, his step dad and other adults around him," Ms Donovan said.



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