Sunday, July 6, 2008

Group paid $1,000 a day to monitor Ferguson

The Queensland Government says convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson has been moved to a remote property in the state's south-east where they will pay $1,000 per day for a group to keep an eye on him.

The 60-year-old was forced to leave a house on the outskirts of Miles in southern-inland Queensland after a protest by concerned residents.

Police Minister Judy Spence has refused to give exact details of his new address, but says the Government conducted an environmental and residential scan before relocating Mr Ferguson again.

"So we know exactly how far it is to local schools and businesses and other properties," he said.

"I think it is important that people understand that we have put a lot of time and effort into finding this location to offer Mr Ferguson.

"I'd remind people that he is actually a free man."

Neighbours have been told, and have been invited to a community meeting tomorrow night.

An unnamed Christian group will be paid $1,000 a day to watch Mr Ferguson in his new home.

Ms Spence says there is nowhere else for him to go.

"We were hoping that the $1,000 a day payment does not need to last for a long time," she said.

"I'm hoping that we can pull back that kind of level of service once these professionals give us information that Mr Ferguson has settled into the community and we can all feel comfortable about his attitude and his movements."


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