Queensland Police Service celebrates 150 years

THE QUEENSLAND Police Service will officially launch celebrations to mark its 150 year history with a parade and ceremony in King George Square in Brisbane this afternoon.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the organisation had become one of the most professional and respected police services in the world and was central to the Newman Government’s plan for Queensland.

“The Queensland Police Service has served the same mission for the past 150 years – to protect the lives and property of Queenslanders,” Mr Dempsey said.

“The men and women in blue have an incredibly difficult role to perform and on behalf of all Queenslanders I thank them for their commitment to serve and protect.

As part of the ceremony Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley, AC, Governor of Queensland will present a commissioned banner to Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, in recognition of the Service’s proud history maintaining law and order.

Commissioner Stewart said he was honoured to acknowledge the fine work the state’s police and staff members had achieved over the past 150 years.

“Our 15,000 officers and staff provide policing services to more than 4.5 million people, across an area of 1.8 million square kilometres,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“I am immensely honoured to reflect on our unique history and acknowledge the fine work of our members over the past 150 years.”

The Queensland Police Service will also be presented with the keys to Brisbane by the Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk.

The QPS will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary with a range of events planned throughout 2014.

Dangerous driver remanded in custody after facing court

UPDATE: A MAN who led police on an extraordinary car chase on three wheels across the southern Gold Coast, crashed into a fence of a home and swam through a lake in a last minute desperate attempt to evade officers will spend his 38th birthday behind bars.

The 37-year-old Tugun man appeared briefly in the Southport Magistrates Court on Friday morning where police prosecutors opposed bail after highlighting the offender’s lengthy seven-page traffic history.

The case was adjourned until next Tuesday and the man was remanded in custody.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports the man’s birthday is tomorrow, in which he will now be celebrating behind bars.

EARLIER: A 37-YEAR-OLD man will face court today after allegedly leading police on an extraordinary chase across the southern Gold Coast overnight before he was hunted down and bitten by a Police Dog.

Officers were investigating reports of a “man acting aggressively” near the corner of Kitchener and Marion Streets around midnight on Thursday when a silver sedan sped from the scene, heading north along Coolangatta Road.

It will be alleged the vehicle travelled at speed along Stewart Road and towards the Pacific Motorway overpass with the driver failing to stop when police attempted to intercept the car.

Officers chose not to initiate an official police pursuit due to safety concerns, instead they were authorized to deploy road spikes.

It’s understood the vehicle then crashed through a front fence of a house in Boyd Street before coming into contact with the spikes.

The wreckage was located by patrolling police a short time later.

It’s alleged the male driver fled on foot and jumped into a lake near the crash scene in an effort to avoid detection.

A police dog tracked the driver around the lake, through bush land, parks and residential buildings before finding him in the car park of the John Flynn Hospital.

But instead of surrendering to police, the man again attempted to run. He didn’t get far with the police dog giving chase and biting him on the thigh. The man received treatment for a minor puncture wound.

The 37-year-old Tugun man has been charged with dangerous driving of a motor vehicle, evade police, driving while under the influence of liquor or a drug and unlicensed driving.

He was due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

Investigating police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a silver sedan driving in the Tugun and Coolangatta areas around midnight, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Union comments on Gold Coast bus attack

THE Transport Workers Union has commented on the vicious attack of a passenger on a Gold Coast bus.

TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said Tuesday’s incident is unacceptable and could have been handled better, had the government invested in driver and passenger safety.

‘This behaviour is unacceptable, yet it happens all to often, especially against bus drivers,’ Mr Biagini said.

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‘The claims this morning that the driver should have intervened are also not acceptable. We support the company policy for the driver to remain in their seat, not put themselves in harms way and remain in control of the vehicle for the protection and safety of other passengers.’

‘Drivers are damned if they intervene and damned if that don’t,’ Mr Biagini said.

Surfside Buses Operations Manager Les Manson agreed, saying all the driver has to do is follow policy, which means he or she needs to find a safe place to pull over and then phone ‘control’.  Someone else will then decide whether to call Security or the Police Service.

‘If this government really cared about public safety, they would have installed duress alarms to assist drivers and help protect the passengers.’

‘But calls for duress alarms have fallen on deaf ears ever since the Newman Government was elected,’ Mr Biagini said.

‘If the driver had a duress alarm, he could have sounded it and police or security be alerted and on their way.’

‘This is a shocking situation that should not happen.’

‘The driver has the full support of the TWU for not breaking company policy nor putting himself in harms way.’

Transport and Main Roads Minister has been contacted for a response.

Gold Coast dances onto the Bollywood movie scene

THE GOLD Coast’s Famous for Fun holiday experiences will star in one of the most-anticipated Bollywood films of the year which premieres in India today.

The Side Effects of Marriage features characters ‘Sid’ and ‘Trisha’ in a Bollywood dance sequence on Surfers Paradise beach, cuddling koalas at Dreamworld, driving a Cadillac in the hinterland and taking a romantic Hot Air Balloon ride, portrayed by the famous Bollywood stars, Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan.

side effects banner 300Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said the movie produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Pritish Nandy Communications would create international exposure for the Gold Coast.

“The film’s endorsement of the Gold Coast as a premier holiday destination provides a fantastic opportunity to promote it to the Indian market,” Ms Stuckey said.

“India is an important visitor market for Queensland with 37,000 Indians visiting the state in the year to September 2013 and spending $69 million on their trips, rises of 22 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.”

Ms Stuckey said Tourism and Events Queensland had partnered with Tourism Australia to capitalise on the film’s influence, producing a campaign to inspire Indian viewers to holiday on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

“A series of print and television advertisements will put the Gold Coast front of mind as the ideal holiday destination in the lead up to the Indian summer booking period of April to June,” Ms Stuckey said.

“These campaigns will help grow the Indian market, assisting our industry towards the target of growing overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by the year 2020.”

Tourism Australia Acting Managing Director, Frances-Anne Keeler said India presents enormous tourism potential and a market to actively tap into through high profile marketing activities such as this film.

“Featuring in Hindi movies is a great way of reaching out to a wide audience base and the romantic storyline of this particular film provides the perfect opportunity to showcase Australia as an ideal holiday destination for our key target segment.”

Ground control to Mayor Tom, Can you hear us Mayor Tom?

OH dear – increased parking fines, water price hikes and now a proposal to introduce a bed tax to slug tourists to pay for some of the infrastructure they use.

Something is going on.

Not that I have a problem with slugging tourists.

But it sounds awfully like the council is in a bit of a flap at the moment, looking for some easy, extra cash.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has reportedly written to the State Government asking for legislative changes so he can slap a tax on tourists.

He said he would rather burden tourists than ratepayers with the multi-million dollar cost of the infrastructure those visitors use and abuse each year.

He’ll be charging for entry to the beach next.

Could it be the council is in a panic at having to pay for the extensive investigations required for the cruise ship terminal proposal?

The State Government has virtually washed its hands of the deal, handing it, and all its problems, back to the council.

And by council I mean Cr Tate who was last seen fleeing the Council chamber with the terminal development proposal clutched in his sweaty hands before any of the councillors could have a good look at it.

Naughty Tom.

Are taxpayers going to have to cough up for the massive cost of all the environmental studies and investigations the state government has demanded the council conduct before it will be approved?

With the government’s notable lack of enthusiasm for the project, could it just be one huge waste of money?

Stubborn Tom.

Well at least he will have the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct to fall back on – a lovely plan that only requires a measly $300 million to be built.

The first sod is supposedly going to be turned next year but Cr Tate has so far refused to detail how it will be funded.

Not Talking Tom.

Oh and there is still the council’s $210 million contribution to the 2018 Commonwealth Games to come up with.

Cr Tate has warned there will be no non-essential projects funded until after the games because the council is skint.

So, please, no one break anything for at least five years because it won’t be replaced.


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