Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay from Yeppoon receives a copy of a petition from Yeppoon residents Amii Landahl and Alison Dodd, calling for a stronger police presence in Yeppoon.
Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay from Yeppoon receives a copy of a petition from Yeppoon residents Amii Landahl and Alison Dodd, calling for a stronger police presence in Yeppoon. Sharyn O'Neill

Coast has had enough of thugs

AMII Landahl and Alison Dodd have had enough of street violence on the Capricorn Coast and it seems almost 4800 other people agree with them.

Yesterday, visiting the Yeppoon Police Station, Amii and Alison handed over a copy of the petition they had been collecting since mid September, calling for a stronger police presence on our streets and security cameras, after the brutal bashing of a Yeppoon teen Bradley Carter.

“It feels so good to hand over all the signatures,” Amii said.

“Even if we make a little impact – even a little change will be for the better.”

Amii said police foot patrols were needed on the weekends to help reduce crime and make it safe on our streets.

“The feedback we have received – everyone has got a story to tell about violence, something that has happened to them.”

The original copy of the petition was given to Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan who was tabling it in Parliament this week.

Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay said his copy of the petition would be passed on through the ranks and he would be including a covering report with it.

In the meantime, Senior Sergeant Barclay said police would be working with the Liquor Accord and Queensland Transport, taxi and bus companies, as well as Rockhampton Regional Council, planning for the school holiday and Christmas trade.

RRC councillor Bill Ludwig said he was keen to see the State Government review the number of police staff for the coast, saying our local police were often unfairly criticised. “It is no good the State Government just giving us bricks and mortar,” Cr Ludwig said.

“You only have to crunch the numbers to know the coast station is understaffed.”



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