20 May 2014
Beyond Billabong responds to Channel 7 News report
Beyond Billabong is deeply disappointed by allegations made in a Channel 7 News report, aired last night, that our organisation was award the Sentenced Youth Boot Camp (SYBC) contract by the Queensland Government on criteria other than merit.
Our CEO, and founder, Boyd Curran has been overseeing programs aimed at supporting disadvantaged youth for 15 years and Beyond Billabong has been recognised by State and Federal governments, under both Labor and LNP leaderships, for its work in delivering support services to marginalised Australians.
In mid-2013, Mr Curran was invited to attend a dinner at which the guest speaker was the former Prime Minister John Howard and the proceeds raised went to the LNP. The event was attended by Queensland business leaders and Mr Curran attended in his role as CEO of Beyond Billabong, a Queensland-based organisation. Channel 7 News’ insinuation that Mr Curran’s attendance at the event was in some way connected with the awarding of the SYBC contract is unfounded and simply not correct.
Beyond Billabong has always conducted business with the utmost integrity and we are very proud of the role we play in empowering some of Australia’s most disadvantaged people to create productive and positive lives.