Hello all and welcome to Winter. I hope you are managing to keep warm. I’m not a fan of the cold. I often say that the only good thing about Winter is that it’s footy season.
Since the beginning of March to the end of May, there have been 53 police occurrences in Montville and 22 in Flaxton. This is a significant increase in Montville and a significant decrease in Flaxton, in comparison to both the previous three months and the same period last year. However, a check of these extra occurrences in Montville reveals that the increase is due to mostly minor traffic matters and calls for service relating to other minor matters.
Around the 9th of March, Clouds of Montville and a nearby construction site were broken into and damage done to property. Investigations identified four juvenile offenders. Good work from Palmwoods Police and detectives from the Nambour Child Protection and Investigation Unit obtained full admissions from all of them. These juveniles were aged from 13 – 15 years and have been dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act.
Some time from early February to early March, a shed situated on a property in Western Avenue was broken into and various garden and sporting items stolen. This remains unsolved and there are no suspects at this stage.
Some time in March, someone has caused significant damage to a filtration system at Altitude on Montville. This matter is also unsolved at this time. Investigations are ongoing.
On the 23rd of March, a 19-year-old Bracken Ridge man was caught drink driving on Balmoral Road, Montville. He was charged with mid-range drink driving (0.112), driving without due care and attention and altering his vehicle registration plate. He pleaded guilty in court to these offences in early May.
On the 12th of April, police attended a report of domestic violence at an accommodation place in Montville. This involved a middle-aged couple from Noosaville. It appeared that both persons were affected by alcohol and drugs and they were not cooperative with police. As there was no sign of damage to property or physical injury to either person, both persons were given referrals for counselling and no further action was taken by police.
On the 13th of April, a 61-year-old Mount Ommaney man left his wallet in the public toilets at Montville. When he returned about 10 minutes later, the wallet was gone. The wallet has not been handed into police or the Montville Information Centre and has obviously been stolen by whoever found it. The victim only lost a small amount of cash. However, there is considerable inconvenience having to cancel all the cards and obtain new ones.
On 25 May, two women who had rented a Montville house for a weekend away, had their cars damaged. An offender has thrown or used a tool such as a sling-shot to project blue marbles at the rental house and the victim’s cars. One of the car windows was smashed and panel damage was caused to both vehicles. Police are still investigating this matter.
On the 30th of May, a 52-year-old Montville woman was detected driving unlicensed on Palmwoods Montville Road, Montville. She was issued with an infringement notice for this offence.
As you can see from this article, despite the significant increase in police matters occurring in Montville, there really hasn’t been an increase in the incidence of serious matters. I suspect that the increase in minor matters is due to extra traffic enforcement and patrols being conducted in the area due to the large amount of traffic related complaints that we received in the early part of this year. The Blackall Range from Maleny to Flaxton continues to be one of my favourite parts of the world.
Until next time, stay safe.
Officer in Charge
Palmwoods Police Station