Member for Kalogoorlie, Kyran O'Donnell is putting his foot down to vandals, pushing for a HECS-style arrangement to pay off 25% of damage accrued against their name.
This comes after the recent spate of vandalism in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and at the Goldfields Arts Centre. This has prompted the need for renewed discussions on solutions to reduce vandalism in the community.
“As a Police Officer, I would come across many acts of vandalism where the offenders, juvenile or adult, invariably were not forced to pay costs to the complainant. With this in mind, I believe we should be looking at developing improved systems for both juvenile and adult offenders, involving an accumulated debt arrangement.”
“In the event that the juvenile gains future employment, their vandalism debt is gradually repaid over time, much like a uni debt is repaid.”
Mr O'Donnell is calling for a better system to ensure offenders pay their debt and wants to consider ways in which parents incur a portion of the debt, enforcing parent supervision.
“These are only initial suggestions, which would require further consideration and work to identify the most appropriate way forward for what I propose. However, I believe we need to make offenders more accountable and in the case of juveniles, there has to be a level of responsibility for the parents, in terms of supervision and rectifying where damage is caused. There are some parents who are not taking responsibility for their children and this needs to change.”