Police Queensland

Police Minister defends concerns a ‘recalibrated police system’ is under too much pressure

Queensland’s Police Minister is confident there are enough resources to see us through the further easing of restrictions, as the State Disaster Coordinator admits they don’t need additional pressure on their coronavirus operations.

There are concerns police will be stretched to the limit, when the Australian Defence Force pulls support from our border operations at the end of the month.

It coincides with the further easing of certain border restrictions, meaning more people will be able to come in, and more police will need to be available to facilitate that.

From today, ACT residents are allowed to come into Queensland, while next week the border bubble will expand to let more people in from northern New South Wales.

Related article: More restrictions to ease around Queensland from today

“Ill be honest, it would be great if the ADF could continue to support Queensland in the way they have been doing, we’ve been grateful for their support,” Police Minister Mark Ryan told myGC.

Meantime, more hotels will be stood up around the state, as Queensland’s quota for international arrivals is doubled.

Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says at least one more hotel is being stood up on the Gold Coast, in addition to the three already operating as quarantine facilities.

“We’re looking at another hotel on the Gold Coast, we will have external resources to help with securing that hotel.

“Hotels in a quarantine sense are one of our riskiest areas. We’ve seen what’s happened in other states like Victoria where that system has broken down or there’s been an issue with that system, it can lead to catastrophic consequences.

“So we’re really focused on making sure that we’ve got sufficient resources to secure those hotels with our partner agencies,” Superintendent Wheeler said.

More police will continue to be brought in from areas outside of the Gold Coast, with a worry resources are thinning around the state.

Police Minister Mark Ryan is confident that Queensland Police will continue to step up to the task of protecting Queenslanders, with operations ‘recalibrated’ to cope with coronavirus pressures.

“We have put some additional resources on early this year, and we also freed up some extra capacity by delaying some normal activities of policing.

“We would normally have significant amounts of training – annual training happening, and the Commissioner made the decision very early on to delay that training and free up capacity, so that actually freed up hundreds of extra officers that have been put on the front line.

“And we also put on some new graduates that we put on early as well, so this year we put on hundreds of new graduates.

“So while yes, there is obviously an additional workload for police, we have managed to recalibrate the police service and put on extra resources to ensure there is capability there.

“And the good news is that we’ve got more police on the way, so we’ve got more police at the academy right now, and we’re looking forward to them graduating and supporting their colleagues right across the state,” Minister Ryan said.

But State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski has admitted to the The Today Show this morning, that police aren’t wanting any more pressure on their operations right now.

“We’re very hopeful [of managing increased workload], because what we’re seeing is relaxations of some of our restrictions, of course changes to the border bubble next week, the ACT being able to come back in this week.

“That will ease the pressure on our quarantine we hope as time goes on, and as we see Australia start to reopen we’ll see increasing pressure eased off it.

“It’s really important that everyone continues to do the right thing, we don’t want any further outbreaks that will put more pressure on our system,” Gollschewski said.

Outdoor art and live entertainment to make you WONDER at HOTA this October

To celebrate the incredible GAIA installation coming to HOTA’s outdoor stage next month, Gold Coasters will be treated to eleven days of live performances, events and activities.

WONDER will take place in the HOTA parklands from 1-11 October and will feature powerful live musical performances with magnificent sensory art including dance, soundscapes, circus, film, storytelling, workshops and more, with free and ticketed events for the whole family to enjoy.

The program of events will literally orbit the awe-inspiring GAIA, as it rotates and floats serenely, suspended from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke said she can’t wait to welcome this extraordinary installation to the HOTA precinct in October, just in time for the glorious Queensland spring weather.

“One of the things HOTA does best, is bringing incredible art and people together. And Luke Jerram’s magnificent Gaia is truly enchanting. Not only does Gaia capture both the beauty and fragility of our planet, it will also inspire a timely sense of reflection and connection as it revolves, glistens and glows,” she said.

“Over eleven days, WONDER features live performances, events and activities inspired by Gaia that will delight and inspire all ages. It’s the perfect excuse to get your friends and family together to share an incredible experience in the beautiful HOTA parklands.”

From October 1 to 11, Gaia will be open to the public for free day and night viewing against the backdrop of the Gold Coast city skyline, with a specially made composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

Two highlights of the program include Saturday night events for the whole family, where audiences can bring a picnic rug, sit under the stars, and enjoy two incredible ensemble concerts beneath the Gaia installation.

For more information on HOTA’s WONDER program, visit: hota.com.au. All events during WONDER will meet social distancing and hygiene guidelines per HOTA’s COVID safe plan, which is available to view on their website.

Man charged with attempted murder after bow and arrow rampage

A man’s been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a teenage girl with a bow and arrow while on a rampage in Booval yesterday afternoon.

Around 4.40pm, the 25-year-old Bundamba man was seen walking from Booval Railway Station along South Station Road holding a compound bow.

He’s understood to have a number of other weapons on him as well.

He alleged shot at a female jogger and a moving vehicle but missed, before moving on to a supermarket.

There he allegedly fired at a 15-year-old girl, with the arrow going through a helmet she was holding and into her stomach.

She had to be hospitalised with wounds to her hand and stomach. Thankfully, her injuries are not life threatening.

Members of the public were able to apprehend the man until police arrived and took him into custody.

He’s since been charged with attempted murder, torture and going armed so as to cause fear, and will front court today.

Anyone who may have witnessed the man, or anyone with dashcam footage or CCTV is being urged to contact police.

Investigations continue.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Ellen DeGeneres addresses workplace allegations in first show back since COVID

Popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has addressed the allegations of a toxic workplace at the show, as filming resumes in the United States.

Throughout the year, various allegations of a dysfunctional workplace had emerged, including claims of sexual misconduct and racially insensitive comments.

Three of show’s producers quit the show over the allegations, and an internal investigation took place.

Ellen had been filming home sessions of the show during the coronavirus period, but has just returned to a studio with a virtual audience.

She began the first show back with a monologue about the allegations, vowing the 18th season will be a ‘new chapter’.

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment and then there was an investigation.

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected.

“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.

“We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future.

“We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter,” she said.

Watch the full video below.

Stab

Two charged after man stabbed multiple times in group attack, Byron Bay

Two people have been charged over a violent stabbing attack in Byron Bay, which left another man with multiple injuries.

Police allege that a 34-year-old man became involved in an altercation with a group of men in Apex Park just around 12.30am yesterday.

Two men then allegedly assaulted him before stabbing him several times.

The group then fled, while emergency services arrived at the scene.

The man was assessed for wounds to his back, chest and neck, and was taken to the Tweed Heads Hospital for further treatment.

Police tracked down a 25-year-old and 24-year-old nearby. They were both arrested and later charged with affray, and wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They’re both due in Byron Bay Local Court today.