Bob Davis, the chief training officer Operation Hard Yakka at Susan River.
Bob Davis, the chief training officer Operation Hard Yakka at Susan River. Alistair Brightman

Hard Yakka program participants allegedly committed offences

TWO young people who attended the Hard Yakka boot camp at Susan River allegedly committed offences while taking part in the program.

The allegations were revealed after State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen put a question on notice to Attorney General Yvette D'Ath asking how many youths had offended while in the care of the Fraser Coast boot camp in comparison to the number that offended while in the care of Southern Cross Support Services in Hervey Bay in the 12 months to January.

Ms D'Ath said that during the period in question 38 young people had started the three-month program at the Hard Yakka boot camp.

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The program, for children aged between 12 and 16, includes a 28-day residential component followed by an eight-week follow-up period in the participant's community.

Ms D'Ath said between January 2014 and January 2015, two participants had been charged with offences while part of the program.

Ms D'Ath was unable to provide information in regards to Southern Cross Support Services, referring Mr Sorensen to Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman for an answer to that part of his question.

The Chronicle sought information in regards to the performance of the Hard Yakka camp in comparison to the other youth boot camps throughout Queensland but a spokesman from the Attorney General's office declined to offer further information.

"Given that there is a review being conducted of all boot camp providers, it would be unfair and inappropriate to discuss elements of any of the programs until the reviews are finalised," he said.

Attempts to contact Hard Yakka operator Bob Davis were unsuccessful.