Jezzine Barracks closed off at night to stop hoons
Barricades are being installed at the Jezzine Barracks to prevent night-time hooning in the park following a successful trial.
The decision to erect the barricades permanently during the night comes after a month-long trial of closing the upper carpark.
Internal roads will now be blocked between 9pm to 5am daily.
Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee chairperson Maurie Soars says community consultation has revealed closing off the area has reduced hooning activity.
“Local residents, council and QPS were fed up with the behaviour of those using the Jezzine Barracks as a raceway late at night, and the impact that was having on residents and the community,” Cr Soars says.
“It was a community safety issue and as these are internal park roads, council had the ability to do something about it.
“We trialled temporary closure of the carpark for a month long period after discussing options with the community and followed that with community consultation through Have Your Say Townsville.
“The result of the trial showed that it eradicated hooning in Jezzine Park, so permanent barricades have been installed that will close the internal roads from 9pm until 5am.”
Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson and local councillor Ann-Maree Greaney says people who need to access the space after hours will still have access as needed.
Pedestrian access will not be affected with the walkways still fully open to the public.
“It is disappointing that it needed to come to this to stop the behaviour of inconsiderate individuals, but I would like to thank the community for providing their feedback on the trial and for their support in finding a solution.”