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Mayor says child sex offenders should be sent offshore

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale said convicted child sex offenders should be shipped to Naura because they cannot be trusted not to reoffend upon their release.

Cr Pisasale said he was concerned Ipswich had become the dumping ground for child sex offenders following their release from prison given its proximity to the state prison precinct.

He said he would rather see refugees living in detention on the island relocated to the city instead.

"The one thing I know about Australians is they can tolerate a lot of things but they will not tolerate acts of cruelty or sexual offences against children," he said.

"This city will not be a dumping ground for child sex offenders.

"They need to be placed away from mainstream society until they can prove to themselves and others they no longer pose a threat to our children."

ROAMING FREE: Convicted serial child molester Raymond Phillip Downs was living in a caravan in Goodna near a dance school, catering to young girls.
ROAMING FREE: Convicted serial child molester Raymond Phillip Downs was living in a caravan in Goodna near a dance school, catering to young girls. Rob Williams

Cr Pisasale's comments come after the Queensland Times revealed last week a man with a long history of molesting young girls was living unsupervised near a dance studio and primary school in Goodna.

Raymond Phillip Downs, 60, was caught living in a decrepit caravan located on an semi-industrial estate in Mill St, Goodna - within 50m of a popular dance studio which caters for young girls aged 3 and older and also within 200m of a local primary school.

Cr Pisasale said there had been a long history of the state's most vile sex offenders being dumped in Ipswich when they were released, including Dennis Raymond Ferguson, Robert John Fardon and more recently David Kenneth Gilchrist.

He said he had one message for the bureaucratic boffins responsible - child sex offenders are not welcome in Ipswich.

"The statistics show a large number of child sex offenders reoffend when they are released," he said.

"The boat people come and we stick them on Nauru until they readjust and until we assess them.

"Maybe that is where we should stick these child sex offenders . . . I am not willing to risk one child in Ipswich for the sake of a child sex offender's so-called rights.

"I feel embarrassed a human is treated like an animal, but you have to remember these people have acted like an animal towards children.

Cr Pisasale said he supported the introduction of a child sex offender's register which the public could access.

He said discussion surrounding a register was needed to find a safe middle ground - one which does not promote vigilantism but also alleviates community fears and concerns at the same time.

"As a civic leader I have to make sure I protect my community but I also have to make sure the bureaucracy understand the feeling of the community," he said.

"No matter where you put them, the same community reaction will occur.

"But Ipswich seems to be getting more than our fair share of child sex offenders and I want to know why?

"I do not think many would be getting housed in places like Clayfield, Ascot and Hamilton."

The Queensland Police Service said in a statement there were 3118 registered child sex offenders living in the state but could not reveal how many were living in the Ipswich region due to legislative restrictions surrounding the information.



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