Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ANZAC DAY 2016


Soldiers of the 53rd Battalion, Australian 5th Division, waiting to attack during the Battle of Fromelles, July 19, 1916. Only three of the men shown survived the attack and those three were wounded. (AWM A03042)
April 25th is ANZAC Day and whilst that date is the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, today ANZAC Day is used to commemorate and remember the Australian and New Zealand military personnel who served in all wars.

ANZAC Day 2015 recalled the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, which later ended with the retreat in December 1915.  During that campaign the losses were devastating:
Australia          8709 killed, 19,441 wounded
New Zealand   2721 killed, 4752 wounded
Britain              21,255 killed, 52,230 wounded
Total Allies      43,921 killed, 97,112 wounded and
Turkey             86,692 killed, 164,617 wounded.

ANZAC Day 2016 commemorates and remembers the Australian and New Zealand military personnel who fought in the bloodbath of Western France, especially the Battles of the Somme in July 1916. If the casualties in Gallipoli were devastating, the death toll in Western France was truly horrific:
Australia          23,000 casualties (killed & wounded) in 45 days, including 5,533 casualties in a single day at Fromelles
New Zealand   7,408 casualties
Total Allies      623,907 casualties and
Germany         465,000 casualties.
The utter waste is beyond belief for virtually nil gain on the ground.

Commemoration Services in our area
Dawn Services
  • Oxenford/Maudsland/Upper Coomera – Memorial Park beside the CWA hall, Maudsland Road, 5:30am start, breakfast afterwards.
  • Helensvale RSL – Park beside Club Helensvale, Discovery Drive, 5:20am, breakfast afterwards.

Citizens Parade and Service
  • Commences at Upper Coomera School of Arts Hall, Reserve Road at 9:00am with a Memorial Service at the Cenotaph on Oxenford-Tamborine Road at 9:30.
The Ode
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Please take the time out of your day to remember those who have gone before us.
Senior Sergeant Andrew Lake. 
Police Liaison Officer, Oxenford NHW

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Monday, April 4, 2016

CRIME REPORT - MARCH 2016

During March there were five crimes reported to police. Two of the offences occurred in the K-Mart store carpark, with Global Plaza car parks becoming a recurring theme for thefts in the area.
Also of concern, a Melroe brand ‘Bobcat’ skid-steer loader and a John Deere ride-on mower was stolen from a shed in Ruth Terrace on the morning of 25/03/2016. The ‘Bobcat’ loader may have been driven on the road away from the crime. If you saw this, please call Coomera Police or Crimestoppers.
Burglary
02/03/2016 Wimbledon Way: SOLVED - Offender gained entry to the victim's house by smashing a bathroom window.  A laptop computer was stolen from the house.
Break and enter premises and theft of machinery
25/03/2016 Ruth Terrace: Unknown offenders in a white dual cab utility have entered the locked shed and stolen a ride-on mower and a Bobcat skid steer loader from inside.
Steal from motor vehicle
29/03/2016 Global Plaza: Unknown offender has smashed the passenger window of the victim's Isuzu utility and stolen a handbag from the cabin floor.
Stealing of vehicle registration plates
09/03/2016 Oxenford: Unknown offender has removed the front and rear number plates from the victim's Ford sedan in the Oxenford area.
Wilful damage
13/03/2016 Global Plaza: Unknown offender has scratched the left side of the victim's Volkswagen sedan whilst is a public carpark.
If you have any information in relation to any of these offences, call Coomera Police on 5519 5555 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Andrew Lake, Acting Inspector 6695, Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au .
These figures are not official Queensland Police Service statistics.  Official Queensland Police Service statistics are released only through the Information Resource Centre after available data is collected, classified and collated in accordance with nationally accepted rules.
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Friday, March 18, 2016

MAKE SURE YOU PLAY THE TRIPLE ZERO GAME :)

The Triple Zero Kid‟s Challenge  at http://kids.triplezero.gov.au is an online computer game which  uses colourful, animated characters in nine interactive scenarios to provide lessons to children on the confident and  appropriate use of Triple Zero.
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Friday, March 4, 2016

CRIME REPORT - FEBRUARY 2016



During the last month there have been five crimes committed when it was made easy for the criminal.  With one car stolen with the keys in the ignition and valuables stolen from four cars which had been left unlocked. 
Unfortunately, the days of being able to trust the general community are long gone.  If you aren’t in your car, it must be locked and valuables should be taken out or hidden from plain view.  As the saying goes, Lock it or lose it.
One-way screws. The Gold Coast District Crime Unit with Volunteers in Policing will be installing one-way number plate screws for free at the Oxenford Bunnings Store on Saturday 19/03/2016 between 10:00am – 1pm. Number plate theft is a constant problem on the Gold Coast and you can prevent being a victim.
Burglary
07/02/2016 Paddy Place: Unknown person gained entry to the victim's house by unknown means and stole the victim's wallet, mobile phone and car keys. The offender tried to start a car with the keys, but it would not start.
Theft of motor vehicle
26/02/2016 Cottonwood Place: The victim had left the keys in the ignition of her Hyundai hatch whilst unloading the vehicle. Unknown male offender entered vehicle and drove off.  Vehicle was located at Waterford and unknown male offender was seen to leave in another stolen car.
Steal from motor vehicle
12/02/2016 Leo Graham Way: The victim left his mobile phone on the passenger seat of an unlocked Isuzu truck.  An unknown male has reached into the truck and taken the mobile phone.
19/02/2016 Cottonwood Place: Unknown person stole a mobile phone from the victim's unlocked car whilst it was parked in a shop carpark.
23/02/2016 Global Plaza: The victim had left her handbag on the passenger seat of her Ford utility whilst unloading and returning the trolley.  An unknown person has removed the victim’s purse and mobile phone from her handbag.
25/02/2016 Texas Court: The victim has left his Nissan utility unlocked in the driveway of the incident address. The unknown offender has stolen the victim's wallet, iPhone, iPad and other valuables from the vehicle.  The offender has also made a number of fraudulent transactions with the victim's credit cards.
Stealing of vehicle registration plates
15/02/2016 Ruth Terrace: Unknown person stole the front and rear number plates from the victim's Mitsubishi sedan whilst it was parked in front of the victim's house.

If you have any information in relation to any of these offences, call Coomera Police on 5519 5555 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Andrew Lake, Senior Sergeant 6695, Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au .

These figures are not official Queensland Police Service statistics.  Official Queensland Police Service statistics are released only through the Information Resource Centre after available data is collected, classified and collated in accordance with nationally accepted rules.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

MAYORAL CANDIDATES GOLD COAST MEETING - OXENFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH


Resident meeting asks would be pollies to reveal their personal life stories rather than policies

Cr William Owen-Jones and mayoral hopeful Penny Toland. Picture: Glenn Hampson
FOR the three mayoral candidates who turned up, this was the one community meeting where they were going to be stripped bare and required to reveal themselves.

As more than 50 residents arrived at the youth centre for the Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch regular meeting on Tuesday night, co-ordinator Dominique Lummus and police liaison officer Senior Sergeant Andrew Lake set up the ground rules.
Gold Coast mayoral candidates at Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch meeting speaking to residents and members. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Candidates would have five minutes to speak, there would be no questions and they could “mingle” later with residents.

Senior Sergeant Lake admitted he had not brought his taser but his commanding voice was enough — there were to be no policies or political statements, candidates should keep it personal.

Businessman Brett Lambert, one of the least publicly well-known of the six candidates standing for mayor spoke first, racing through a 54-year biography.
Gold Coast mayoral candidates at Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch meeting where mayoral hopeful Brett Lambert spoke to group co-ordinator Dominique Lummus before giving a personal glimpse of his life. Picture: Glenn Hampson
He recalled his parents operating at service station at Griffith Street in Coolangatta before the family moved north along the strip.
“I started work when I was six. I went to Coolangatta school, then Surfers Paradise and Musgrave Hill. Both Penny and I went to the same school at one time — not at the same time,” he said, prompting a laugh from his rival.

“Then I went to Keebra. I played rugby (league) at school, Aussie rules on Sunday and soccer on Friday night.”

After finishing school, one of his businesses was a successful publishing company but he turned down an offer to move interstate and severed ties because “I always wanted to stay on the Gold Coast”.
Cr William Owen-Jones and mayoral hopeful Penny Toland. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Like Mr Lambert, Ms Toland has had a love affair with the city, arriving here at the age of seven months. She went to Helensvale High School and has remained in Division Two.

After studying as a medical scientist at the Queensland University of Technology, she was now “second-in-charge at the blood bank” helping trauma and oncology patients.

These are the sorts of close-to-home stories rarely discussed on the political campaign trail and rather than protests or boredom, the audience lapped them up.

Ms Toland was explaining how the expanding service at the hospital could now perform blood transfusions on premature babies at 24 weeks.

“We are doing transfers on babies before they are born — that’s the nerdy side of me,” she added, giving a giggle.

She played basketball until a ligament tear and meddled with kickboxing but now spends her spare time feeding 19 magpies, 10 currawongs, two crows and an ibis.

“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” she said, wondering out loud how she came to be feeding an ibis.
“I demonstrate my creativity through fancy dress. On Halloween I was dressed up as a murderous clown,” she said, explaining how she had stunned her workmates.

The residents were laughing and in something quite rare for a candidate, Ms Toland “time banked” her speech, cutting it short by 20 seconds.

Lawyer Jim Wilson is renowned for putting a blowtorch to political opponents, his tall frame as intimidating as his voice. Here was a chance for his soft side to shine.
Gold Coast mayoral candidates at Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch meeting speaking to residents and members. Pictured: Mayoral candidate Jim Wilson. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Born in Cloncurry, his parents working the land, he moved to Brisbane to attend secondary school before moving to the Coast.

He studied a commerce and law degree at the University of Queensland and in 1976 was admitted as a solicitor, building a solid commercial career.

As a 23-year-old, he captained Queensland in rugby union.

Mr Wilson and his wife have four children — two boys and two girls — and five grandchildren, and he paused to reflect on his solid family life. They live in the Hinterland. “I feel very satisfied. I’ve been blessed,” he said.

The informality of this election night meeting was a rare gift in a dogged campaign and Mayor Tom Tate, who had previous appointment, along with John Abbott and Andrew Middleton who were contacted late, missed an opportunity to shine before voters.


Source: The Gold Coast Bulletin article by Paul Weston
Photo credit: Glenn Hampson


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016


23rd February -  Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch - the largest in South East Queensland, hosted the Meet the Candidates meeting -...
Posted by Gold Coast Community on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FREE NUMBER PLATE ONE-WAY SCREWS REPLACEMENT


 GOLD COAST DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION UNIT AND VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING

FREE NUMBER PLATE ONE-WAY
SCREWS REPLACEMENT
INVITATION

Help prevent your car number plates from being stolen and used in offences by replacing the screws with FREE one-way screws.

Gold Coast District Crime Prevention Unit invites all members of the public to have their number plate screws replaced.

DATE:      Saturday 19th March 2016
TIME:       10am – 1pm
WHERE: Oxenford Bunnings, Global Plaza, Oxenford

Please feel free to turn up anytime between 10am and 1pm we will replace your screws.  No charge and no appointment necessary.

Please attend and assist with the prevention of your number plates being stolen and the crimes associated with stolen number plates.




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