Happy Spring-time to everybody. I’m enjoying the warmer weather but for the sake of our primary producers, I’m praying for rain. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be any significant rainfall in the foreseeable future.
I’m sure you would all be aware of the devastating fires that have been occurring around Queensland and New South Wales, including on the Sunshine Coast. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Firies, both QFES and the Rural Fire Brigade, for the extraordinary work they have done, and continue to do, to keep our communities safe. I witnessed first-hand at Peregian the amazing work these men and women do. Words fail me when trying to describe what they had to contend with that night.
Since the 1st of June, there have been 33 policing occurrences in Montville and 41 in Flaxton. This is a significant drop for Montville and a significant increase for Flaxton. However, before anyone panics, I can let you know that this increase in Flaxton is due to an increase in the detection of traffic offences. Crime is certainly not suddenly out of control in Flaxton.
On the 7th of June, a single vehicle crash occurred on Western Avenue. A female passenger in the vehicle was conveyed to hospital with minor injuries. The 20-year-old male driver from Doonan was issued an infringement notice for following another vehicle too closely.
On the 18th of June, multiple vehicles on Boongala Avenue, were broken into and cash and minor valuables stolen. Also on the same day, two vehicles were broken into on Ensbey Road and some personal property stolen. Unfortunately, there are no leads into these offences and nobody has been charged.
On the 20th of June, an offender gained entry to a freezer at the rear of a business on Flaxton Drive and stole a quantity of food and drink. This matter remains unsolved with few leads.
On the 7th of July, a burglary occurred at a dwelling on Flaxton Drive. A large amount of property was stolen, including cash, jewellery, clothing and various personal items. A 39-year-old man from Woody Point and a 26-year-old Caboolture South man were charged with this offence and several others.
In late August to early September, a shed on private property on Flaxton Mill Road was broken into and a large quantity of tools and other property stolen. Police are investigating several leads into this matter and we are very hopeful that the offender will be identified and charged.
In early September, a quantity of 20,000 to 30,000 litres of water was stolen from tanks on a private property in Western Avenue. The property owners had been away from the property for several days and, upon returning, found that all of their tanks had been drained. No suspects have been identified.
On the 19th of September, a two-vehicle injury crash occurred on Balmoral Road, involving a utility and a truck. Both drivers sustained significant injuries and were conveyed to hospital by QAS. This incident is still being investigated by police.
On the 18th of August, a 45-year-old Nambour man was charged with a low-range drink driving offence on Flaxton Drive. On the 1st of September, a 32-year-old West Woombye man was charged with drug driving on Mill Hill Road. On the 12th of September, a 40-year-old Mapleton man was charged with a high-range drink driving offence on Flaxton Drive.
As mentioned earlier, there has been a focus on traffic enforcement in the area and a large number of infringement notices have been issued for various offences. I urge all drivers to take special care whilst they are in charge of a motor vehicle. Your life and the life of so many other people are in your hands.
In closing, please be aware of the fire ban. No open fires can be lit. Please be considerate of everyone in these high fire danger conditions and stick to the ban.
Until next time, stay safe.
Officer in Charge
Palmwoods Police Station