Community Safety Forums for Coochiemudlo Island and Victoria Point

ON COOCHIE: Redlands MP Kim Richards and deputy mayor Lance Hewlett talk to Senior Constable Brendon Winslow on Coochiemudlo Island.

ON COOCHIE: Redlands MP Kim Richards and deputy mayor Lance Hewlett talk to Senior Constable Brendon Winslow on Coochiemudlo Island.

VICTORIA Point and Coochiemudlo Island residents are invited to discuss crime and policing at meetings this month.

The events are hosted by Redlands MP Kim Richards and deputy mayor Lance Hewlett.

Cr Hewlett said Victoria Point was the only major centre in Redlands that did not have a police base.

“Cleveland has a police station and Capalaba has a police beat and station,” Cr Hewlett said.

“Victoria Point is a major centre that experiences a lot of anti-social behaviour but it has no permanent police presence.”

Cr Hewlett said the forum would provide information about resources, roles of police and council and crime that has occurred.

“There are lots of urban myths about the resources for Victoria Point,” Cr Hewlett said.

“If we are not going to get a Police Beat for Victoria Point, what do we have and what can we expect?”

Cr Hewlett said Coochiemudlo Island had a large tourist population on the island on some weekends and during the summer.

He said he was often asked why Russell and Macleay islands had police stations while there was no permanent presence on Coochie.

Ms Richards said the forums had come about after her election and discussions with Cr Hewlett and the community about crime.

“The forums are a wonderful opportunity to bring together all our safety agencies, the Queensland Police, Crime Stoppers, Volunteers in Policing and Redland City Council compliance officers to talk with our community about crime prevention,” Ms Richards said. 

“They will be sharing their experiences and knowledge and providing advice on how the community can also assist in crime prevention.

“Everyone can play a part in crime prevention.”

The Coochiemudlo Island community safety forum will be on Saturday, October 20 from 2pm to 3pm at the island hall, 346 Victoria Parade.

The Victoria Point forum will be at the Sharks Club from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Register via redlands@parliament.qld.gov.au by October 22 for the Victoria Point event and October 18 for the Coochie event.

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