Michael Grogan with Year 6 students and their new mural at Rainbow Beach Police Beat

Michael Grogan with Year 6 students and their new mural at Rainbow Beach Police Beat

Michael Brantz

Rainbow Beach Police

By the time you read this article another Christmas invasion will be over and another New Year will have begun. I hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy Christmas / New Year period and I wish you a happy and prosperous year in 2017.

Mick and I would also like to thank the visiting police from Maryborough, Gympie and Brisbane who helped us out during the busy period.

As the weather heated up in the lead up to Christmas, so did our workload, with domestic violence incidents making up the bulk of our ‘calls for service’. In fact, “Another day, another DV” was a quote I overheard last month, and while the actual statistics weren’t quite that bad, there were a lot.

Since our last article went to print, local police on the Cooloola Coast have attended twelve (12) DV related incidents, which in my humble opinion is 12 too many.  We can all play a role in changing the culture and attitudes that underpin domestic and family violence in our community.  Remember, ‘NOT NOW, NOT EVER’ is domestic violence acceptable!

Last month we had a visit at the Police Beat from the Rainbow Beach State School Year 6 students, who worked hard on a very hot morning to paint their mural on our fence. This year’s effort is another beautiful work of art with a stunning rainbow tree and a ‘school’ of fish all ‘swimming in the same direction’.

Make sure to check it out next time you’re driving past. Thanks Year 6 Class of 2016 and all the best for your journey into high school.

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped us out in 2016. Mick and I faced some unique challenges last year and we were extremely grateful for the assistance we received from the community to enable us to overcome them.

We look forward to your continued support this year.

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