Campaign for Jack’s Law in spotlight

Gold Coast Australians of the Year Brett & Belinda Beasley. | Newsreel
Gold Coast Australians of the Year Brett and Belinda Beasley. | Photo: Supplied by the City of Gold Coast.

Public safety advocates Brett and Belinda Beasley, whose work led to the introduction of Jack’s Law, have been named the Gold Coast’s Australians of the Year.

The Beasleys founded the Jack Beasley Foundation after the stabbing death of their 17-year-old son in 2019.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said since then the couple had dedicated themselves to making changes to current youth laws, improving youth safety and putting together an education platform to teach young people about the consequences of carrying a knife.

Mayor Tate said the foundation had been instrumental in the implementation of Jack’s Law in Queensland, NSW and the NT, which allowed police officers to conduct ‘stop and wand’ operations in all Safe Night Precincts.

“The Beasleys have worked through the tragic death of their son and dedicated themselves to improving safety and teaching young people about the consequences of carrying a knife,” Mayor Tate said.

They were among the four category winners honoured at the City’s annual awards ceremony which recognised exceptional outstanding contribution to the community.

“Each of these Gold Coasters are remarkable and have had an amazing impact on the Gold Coast through their help and support to our residents in their own unique way,” Mayor Tate said.

The other Gold Coasters who were recognised were:

  • Philanthropist Maureen Stevenson: Gold Coast Senior Australian of the Year.
  • Letters of Hope founder Abbie Williams: Gold Coast Young Australian of the Year.
  • Compassionate community member Mia Sims: Gold Coast Local Hero.