history of blue light in queensland

Blue Light is a police youth programme designed to encourage better relations between the police, young people, their parents and the community. It does this by involving young people in supervised cultural, social and sporting activities in an environment free from alcohol, drugs and violence. It uses every opportunity to positively promote the police to news media and the community.

Blue Light has developed into a crime reduction initiative, which aims primarily to identify and address the needs of young people who are "at risk". These young people could come from a dysfunctional home, be economically disadvantaged, have come into contact with the police or youth services, or have been identified as being at risk by parents, friends or teachers.

The first official Blue Light Disco in Queensland was held at the Albert Waterways Community Hall on the Gold Coast on the 26th July, 1984. This first disco attracted 219 young people, with the average attendance for the remainder of 1984 being 536. The Queensland Blue Light Association Incorporated was officially incorporated on the 1st May, 1986.

There are currently 69 Blue Light Branches throughout Queensland, covering an area from Torres Strait to St George. Remote areas such as Barcoo, Charleville, Cunnamulla and the Longreach all benefit from programs run by their local Blue Light Branch. An average of 120,000 young people attend a Blue Light function in Queensland each year, participating in activities such as dances, skating, movie nights, pool parties, drag racing and camps.

contact details

QLD Blue light Co-Ordinator:
Paul Lincoln

State Office Address:
QLD Blue Light Association Inc,
30 Graystone Street
Tingalpa, QLD 4001

PO Box Address:
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane QLD 4001

P: 07 3909 9541
F: 07 3909 9533
E: blue.light2@pcyc.org.au
W: www.bluelightqld.org