Video shows Halls Creek youths throwing rocks at business owner in attempted carjacking

An outback business owner, who was pelted by rocks and threatened during two carjacking attempts, says it is an alarming escalation in his community’s ongoing struggle against youth crime.

It comes as the nation’s leaders focus on youth offending in Alice Springs.

Power contractor Tony Lister has called on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton to also visit Halls Creek, in the Kimberley, but “without the fanfare”.

Mr Lister said he had just assessed a power pole fault in the town at 3am on January 12 when about a dozen teenagers surrounded his car.

He said he wound down the window to talk to one of the youths who then tried to reach through the window and steal his keys.

Mr Lister said the youth started yelling “let’s jack this n*****”, sending the rest of the group into a frenzy.