Safety worries aired over next youth boot camp

The Queensland Government is close to cutting a deal with a property owner to open the next boot camp for youth offenders.

However, neighbouring residents are already objecting to the plan.

Since the Kuranda boot camp in the far north was closed for security reasons, the Government has been looking to open another in the region.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will not say exactly where but the ABC can reveal his department is in negotiations with the owners of Lincoln Springs Station, west of Ingham.

A spokesman says they are in the process of finalising the deal.

Keith Atkinson from neighbouring Camel Creek Station says he is worried juvenile offenders will escape and attack local residents.

“We’ve spoken to virtually every property owner in the neighbourhood on the boundary of where the boot camp is going to go and they’re all very concerned,” he said.

The Attorney-General has phoned Mr Atkinson to try to address his concerns and a spokesman for Mr Bleijie says the boot camp will feature tight security.

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