Council puts the brakes on hooning Lily Yang 2020-08-26 1 min read Logan City Council has taken the first step to implementing a Hooning Taskforce, which was approved in the 2020/21 Budget process. The Hooning Taskforce Terms of Reference was endorsed at this morning’s Council meeting. The Taskforce would allow Council to increase support to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in the fight against this anti-social activity. City Lifestyle Committee Chair Councillor Laurie Koranski said while QPS is the lead agency, Council was committed to addressing community concerns. “The establishment of the Hooning Taskforce is designed to identify and implement tangible actions to address hooning across Logan,” Cr Koranski said. “We know there is no quick fix and it is important to work towards a common goal with proactive measures.” Hooning Taskforce Chairperson, Councillor Jacob Heremaia said hooning had become an ongoing community safety concern. “This is an issue throughout Queensland, which can have a direct impact on a resident’s quality of life,” he said. “To effectively tackle the problem will require a holistic approach involving key stakeholders working in partnership. “Council will now determine a schedule of meetings for the taskforce. “Council receives numerous complaints about hooning and the taskforce will allow key stakeholders to make the problem a priority in Logan.” The Taskforce will consist of: Councillor Jacob Heremaia Cr Tim Frazer Cr Tony Hall Cr Laurie Koranski Cr Karen Murphy Representatives from QPS and Department of Transport and Main Roads Will be supported by council staff. The Taskforce aligns with the City of Logan Safe City Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020 as well as the QPS Strategic Plan 2018-2022. Council allocated $250,000 in the budget to help stop hooning on local streets. Police will have new high-tech cameras, including an expanded fleet of drones to crackdown on hoons. This new technology will add to the existing network of thousands of traffic cameras across the state. Complementing the new camera technology the Government is looking to expand existing laws, including shifting the onus of proof onto the vehicle owner. Drivers identified hooning in stolen vehicles would face theft and hooning charges.