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CQUni and Queensland Police plan to boost Project Booyah’s impact throughout the state

Published:22 June 2017

QPS Senior Constable Joe Ramsay (right) addresses the first 2017 cohort of Project Booyah graduates at CQUniversity Rockhampton City Campus on 22 June.

The pilot of the CQUniversity and Queensland Police-led youth empowerment program, Project Booyah, has been so successful that moves are underway to expand its reach to other parts of the Queensland.

The first 2017 cohort of Project Booyah participants graduated in a ceremony at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton City campus on 22 June, but it’s unlikely that they’ll be the last.

Project Booyah is an early intervention and education program which aims to help ‘at risk’ youths re-integrate into employment, re-engage with education and develop healthy life choices.

Since Project Booyah commenced in Rockhampton in 2016, dozens of youngsters have boosted their confidence whilst undertaking a Certificate II in Hospitality. At CQUni's Willby’s Training Restaurant the young men acquire valuable food and beverage service skills.

CQUni Strategic Business Officer for VET Katrina Daniels said she has been working with Inspector Stephen Pyne and Acting Inspector Ian Frame on commencing delivery to 9 locations in the State, including Cairns, Townsville, Redcliffe and Logan.

“We recently met with the Queensland Police in Cairns to talk about getting it running up there at the start of semester 2 in July,” she said.

Teacher Charlie Jensen said the latest group of graduates would all go back to school.

“All the boys are mentored once they finish – the QPS are really good at following up with them," she said.

Last year Project Booyah earned a gold award at the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards in Canberra.