Kay Alexander grew up idolising her grandma, a police officer during WWII, and now she will be a role model for aspiring cops.
The 46-year-old is the oldest of the four first-year constables who started in the Moreton Police District three weeks ago. They graduated from the academy on Thursday, January 18 with 34 other officers.
Loretta Lester is stationed at Redcliffe station, Pedau Grabbe at Deception Bay and Deb Hill and Ms Alexander at Caboolture.
From the fitness industry to finance, each officer has a varied background.
“I don’t think you fall into it — you make a conscious decision,” Ms Alexander said.
“It was in the back of my mind for quite some time, but being female and having a family as well, I just kept putting it off.
“I always looked up to them and thought they were superheroes.
“Eventually I just went, ‘I’m going to do it’.”
All four have been thrown into the deep end in their first three weeks on duty, with Ms Hill being called out to a code 1 job the first time she got behind the wheel of her patrol car.
Ms Lester, 29, said the thrill of not knowing what to expect was a big lure for becoming an officer.
“The first domestic violence job I went to, I remember the feeling of, ‘wow, I’ve got no idea of what to do’,” she said.
“I was 100 per cent relying on my field training officer — (but) it’s experiences like that, you look back at and you’re learning all the time.
“(On jobs) you’re communicating the whole time about what you might find and how to deal with it.
“So when you get there you’ve got a plan.”
Each officer will spend eight weeks with their field training officer at their stations before graduating.
Originally Published: www.couriermail.com.au
Budget delivers more record road spending for the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay areas
The Palaszczuk Government will deliver $509.7 million in 2018-19 for the North Coast district as part of another record investment in road and transport infrastructure for the third year in a row.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the district was one of the many beneficiaries of the blockbuster roads budget being delivered under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP).
“Funding for the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay area is part of the Queensland Government’s record spend on road and transport infrastructure across the state for the third year running, with an investment of about $21.7 billion over the next four years,” Mr Bailey said.
“This will include $2.917 billion of works planned just for this area alone, over the next four years, supporting an average of 2689 direct jobs.
“Continuing works on the Bruce Highway and other key links around the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay are the main focus.
“We’re also looking to get cars off the Bruce, and Sunshine Coast commuters will benefit from $160.8 million Queensland Government funding for the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade, which will support an average of 312 jobs per year over the life of the project, with design work getting underway in 18-19.
Mr Bailey said major projects for the North Coast district in 2018-19 included:
– Bruce Highway Upgrade Project, continue widening of the highway from four to six lanes between Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway and upgrading the interchanges for a total cost of $812.9 million (2018-19 $200 million)
– Bruce Highway, continue installing safety barriers along the highway between Beerburrum and Cooroy for a total cost of $79.8 million (2018-19 $42.5 million)
– Burpengary Caboolture Road (locally known as Morayfield Road) and Beerburrum Road Route Safety project, start work on safety treatments along these sections between the Bruce Highway and D’Aguilar Highway overpass for a total cost of $28.8 million (2018-19 $8 million)
– Continue upgrades to improve access to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for a total cost of $22 million (2018-19 $4.8 million) with works starting on a third package to improve capacity at Nicklin Way between Main Drive and Waterview Street and provide access from Production Avenue to Kawana Way
– Caboolture Connection Road Route Safety Strategy, continue safety improvements along various locations on Caboolture Connection Road between the Bruce Highway and D’Aguilar Highway for a total cost of $7.6 million (2018-19 $3.7 million)
“We are also providing $3.7 million in 2018-19 through the 50:50 Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) to support councils to develop the local transport infrastructure they need,” he said.
Mr Bailey said this budget showed the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing commitment to delivering key infrastructure and creating jobs for the people of Queensland.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s investment in roads, rail, marine, passenger transport and active transport infrastructure is estimated to support about 19,200 direct jobs, on average, over the life of the four-year program,” he said.
‘Bottleneck’ roundabout near new university site to get $30 million upgrade
The Petrie roundabout connecting Gympie Road, Dayboro Road and Anzac Avenue.
Photo: Google Maps
A “bottleneck” roundabout in the Moreton Bay region that has left motorists “fed up for many, many years” will be given a $30 million upgrade having been allocated funding in the upcoming state budget.
Fairfax Media can reveal the state government will announce on Monday the Petrie roundabout will be replaced by a reconfigured T-intersection featuring traffic lights, with work set to begin in 2020.
However, the Opposition Leader said the roundabout upgrades needed to be finished by 2020 because the new University of Sunshine Coast campus will open at the start of that year.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said an extra $22.5 million will be set aside in the state budget, set to be delivered on June 12, in addition to $7.5 million already committed.
Mr Bailey said the installation of traffic lights would improve traffic movements at the intersection and address local population growth.
“We are fixing the bottleneck at the Petrie roundabout where Anzac Avenue, Dayboro Road and Gympie Road meet,” Mr Bailey said.
“A preferred option was developed in 2016, which included replacing the roundabout with signals at a reconfigured T-intersection.”
However, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said the Palaszczuk government had missed the boat.
“The Palaszczuk government is trying to con the people of Pine Rivers by announcing projects they have no intention of building for years.
“This key road needs to be upgraded in time for the new university campus opening in 2020, but that won’t happen under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“It’s not good enough that Pine Rivers locals have to wait another two years for work to even begin … Labor’s had almost three years to plan for this upgrade and they’ve done nothing.
“If Labor is serious about busting congestion and planning for the future, this upgrade needs to be fast-tracked in the upcoming budget.”
Member for Kurwongbah Shane King said locals would be able to have their say on the project.
“The community will have an opportunity to provide input during the detailed design phase, which is expected to be completed in 2019,” Mr King said.
“Importantly, this project will improve safety and connectivity in Petrie and reduce delays during peak periods. It will also reduce traffic queues and crash risk.”
RACQ transport, traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz welcomed the announcement and said drivers had nominated the Petrie roundabout on previous red-spot surveys, which were designed to identify stretches of road which needed to be prioritised for improvement work.
“This location has a history of congestion,” he said.
“Motorists have been fed up of the roundabout for many, many years.
“T-intersections are usually much safer for pedestrians and cyclists compared to roundabouts.
“This will hopefully go a long way to reducing the congestion and frustration for motorists.
“The new university campus will attract a greater number of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists so these upgrades should ensure all road users can safely and efficiently access these new facilities.”
Mr King said the upgrade would ultimately benefit the thousands of students expected to attend the new University of the Sunshine Coast campus.
“The former Petrie paper mill site and surrounding suburbs have been declared a priority development area by the Palaszczuk government,” he said.
“(This) is expected to deliver up to 10,000 university student placements, 6000 ongoing jobs and $950 million in economic benefit.”
Mr Bailey said further investigations into land requirements and consultation with key stakeholders, Moreton Bay Regional Council as well as directly affected residents and businesses would continue.
How train lines are driving property prices
A train on the new Redcliffe Peninsula line. Source: Supplied
HOW access to train lines are driving property profits.
Redcliffe residents waited more than 130 years for a train line, and now that it’s here it is raising interest in the peninsula and its property market.
The Redcliffe Peninsula was cut off from the rest of the southeast’s rail network, until the long mooted train line finally opened in late-2016.
Locals can now hop on a train from any of Redcliffe’s six train stations, and that has become a juicy selling point for the area’s real estate agents.
General manager at LJ Hooker Redcliffe, Kylie Loof, said the new train line was often a topic of discussion from a certain type of buyer.
“The people that are talking about it are from other states,” Ms Loof said. “They ask ‘is it close to the new train line?’.”
The interstate interest makes a curious disparity, Ms Loof said, as many locals still kept old travelling habits from before the line opened.
She said many locals still drove across the bridge to get to Shorncliffe Station to catch the train, a tactic she said could save a bit of time on a commute to Brisbane.
She estimated that before the line opened, only about 30 per cent of investors in the area would be from interstate.
“Now it is about 50/50,” she said.
In peak times, the train from Redcliffe can take the best part of an hour to reach Brisbane’s CBD, which might sound a lot for the average Queensland
But for one Sydney-based investor, the announcement of the train line helped him invest his hard earned cash in what he predicts will be a strong growth area.
Take Ekanayake, 29, has purchased three investment properties in the past two years, looking at long-term growth.
“Being from Sydney, whenever a major infrastructure with trains gets announced there is a massive growth in the area in terms of real estate,” Mr Ekanayake said.
He predicted that there would be a time when more and more Redcliffe residents would use the train, and this would be a positive for property owners.
He pointed to other changes in the area, including the new University of the Sunshine Coast campus which will open in Petrie in 2020.
“Once you’ve got 10 to 20,000 more students in the area, the value of that train line is going to be more significant,” he said.
So far growth has been modest across the Redcliffe area since the track was announced back in 2010.
In the suburb of Kippa-Ring, which has the benefit of being close to the bay and the train line, the change in the median price for a house over the past five years was 19.9 per cent.
Nearby Mango Hill had slightly stronger growth over the five years at 22.6 per cent, but it was still modest compared to booms in Sydney and Melbourne.
With interstate migration to Queensland very strong, especially in the state’s southeast, Mr Ekanayake predicted the area was due for a boost.
“There has been so much media attention on the Sydney and Melbourne markets, but once Sydney starts to cool off, which it is, it is Brisbane that takes off,” he said.
“Brisbane is almost half the price (of Sydney) so right now there is a huge gap, and that gap has got to close.”
Harcourts Redcliffe owner Steve Hawley said you could see the changes in the Redcliffe area just by looking at the skyline.
“We are seeing a lot of new townhouses and multistorey developments, there are a lot of cranes out and about,” Mr Hawley said.
“We’ve been a sleepy town for that long so it is time to move ahead.”
Originally published: www.news.com.au
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