Coochiemudlo Island residents urged to report crime and suspicious behaviour

FORUM: Police address Coochiemudlo Island residents at a community safety forum hosted by Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Lance Hewlett. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
FORUM: Police address Coochiemudlo Island residents at a community safety forum hosted by Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Lance Hewlett. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

COOCHIEMUDLO Island residents have been urged to report crime and safety issues to police or Crime Stoppers.

The appeal was made at a safety forum on the island, organised by Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Lance Hewlett.

Police crime prevention co-ordinator for the Bayside District Senior Constable Brendon Winslow said that crime statistics showed that Coochie, which falls under the Redland Bay police district, was a good area.

COOCHIE: The community safety forum underway on Coochiemudlo Island. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

COOCHIE: The community safety forum underway on Coochiemudlo Island. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

“The Redland Bay division has the lowest crime statistics in the South Brisbane area,” Senior Constable Winslow said.

Cr Hewlett said there was massive tourism explosion on the island on weekends, especially in the summer.

He had pushed for a ranger on the island and questioned why Macleay and Russell islands had police stations, while Victoria Point did not.

SPEAKERS: Guest speakers at the community safety forum on Coochiemudlo Island.

SPEAKERS: Guest speakers at the community safety forum on Coochiemudlo Island.

Residents at the meeting talked about incidents that occurred when teenagers ran amok on the island in April.

Police took a number of hours to respond, while a family cowered inside their house.

Residents said they were concerned about jetty jumping and speeding.

Ms Richards said residents could be part of the solution by reporting incidents to police or Crime Stoppers.

Paul Fitzpatrick from Crime Stoppers’ Brisbane Bayside Volunteer Area Committee said residents who saw something suspicious could upload a photograph via the Crime Stoppers website.

“You are the eyes and the ears of the community,” he said.

The information would be passed on to the agency responsible for responding. This could include council, police, or state body.