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Recent events in a remote town in West Australia have sparked concerns about the escalating issue of youth crime rates. The incident involved three young girls, aged 10, 11, and 12, who were arrested for throwing rocks at a gym cleaner and causing damage in Kununurra. This event sheds light on the larger problem of property damage, stealing, and burglary that the town has been grappling with.

Local leaders in Kununurra have been vocal about the high rates of offending and antisocial behavior in the area. Indigenous advocate Ian Trust draws parallels between the challenges faced in Kununurra and those experienced in Central Australia. Trust emphasizes the impact of intergenerational trauma and family dysfunction on children, leading to issues like roaming the streets at night and committing crimes.

Addressing the root causes of youth crime is crucial, with leaders stressing the need for policies and programs aimed at dysfunctional families and overcrowded households. Breaking the cycle of youth crime requires a comprehensive approach that tackles underlying issues effectively.

Discussions are underway about potential youth curfews in the region, with the state government considering reforms to young offender laws. The community is looking for sustainable solutions to combat youth crime and create a safer environment for all residents.


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Article Title: Rock attack in youth crime-prone Kununurra draws Alice Springs comparison
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