Civic leaders proud to call Rocky home


ANOTHER day, another crime.

It is becoming an all-too-familiar tale for Rockhampton. The news went from bad to worse yesterday when city police revealed female human remains had been found at Mt Etna National Park, near The Caves.

It follows the disappearance and concern for the well-being of Rockhampton woman Nicole Lieske, a 20-hour siege in North Rockhampton last week, and revelations that two Rockhampton teenagers have been charged in relation to Toowoomba's triple murder.

But despite the recent bad publicity, the city's leaders are defending the place they are proud to call home.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said he "wouldn't live anywhere else''.

"I still think we live in the best part of the world, and the residents know that,'' he said.

"Every town has its bad apples ? ours just seem to have floated to the top at the one time.''

Rockhampton Superintendent Darryl Cameron said the district's crime clear-up rate spoke for itself.

"When there's a major crime we go out of our way to get it solved,'' he said. "That's evident in our excellent clear-up rate which is probably second to none.''

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said there was no doubt the events of the past fortnight had tarnished the city's image.

"We'd be naive to think it hadn't,'' she said.

"It really is a time to reinforce the great things that are happening in our community, because there are lots of them.

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