Parents want kids club in Brisbane ‘unacceptable’ to be opened by state-owned company
Parents in Queensland want a children’s club at a popular Brisbane beach to be reopened by the state-run Queensland Children’s Services Authority (QCSA).
Key points:Parents want kids’ club in QCSA Brisbane’s beaches reopened by state governmentAfter a four-month review, the Queensland Childrens Services Authority has decided not to reopen the beachClub members say they would prefer to have the venue run by local councils, rather than QCSAsThe Queensland Government has said it will continue to work with the authority to reopen QCSAnzac Beach in Brisbane’s northern suburbs after a four year review concluded it was not suitable for children.
The decision came after the Queensland Government released a statement that said the club would not be reopening.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said the decision would not affect Queensland’s overall welfare or tourism figures, as QCSIs had been operating in Brisbane for nearly 20 years.
“The decision of the QCSIA is not an endorsement or disapproval of the club, it is a decision to continue to operate in the community,” she said.
“We are going to work very hard to find a way to keep the club open.”
In a statement to the ABC, the QCA said it was disappointed the decision had not been made sooner, and was continuing to engage with the state Government to find another venue for the club.
“Our assessment of the site was that it was suitable for a family club with a large and diverse membership base and that we would be able to accommodate both children and adults, in an appropriate and safe environment,” the statement said.
The club’s board of directors, which is comprised of parents and a group of community members, will meet again in January to consider a new venue for its services.
A spokesman for the Queensland Education Minister, Stephen Jones, said the authority would not reopen the club unless the state government committed to providing a safe and suitable facility.
“While the Queensland Department of Education has not confirmed a date, we are hopeful that a new site will be found,” the spokesman said.