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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke
    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan
    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    ‘Deadly’ new police patrol cars on reconciliation journey

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    ‘Deadly’ new police patrol cars on reconciliation journey

    A commitment by the Queensland Police Service to advance reconciliation in Townsville has been marked with the unveiling of two new police cars adorned with specially designed Indigenous artwork.

    Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the multi-agency Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships had joined forces to commission unique designs for the vehicles.

    “This is a fantastic expression of goodwill by the QPS, and signals its commitment to help achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this city,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    Police Minister Mark Ryan welcomed the initiative.

    “The striking artwork on these patrol cars is also a recognition of the growing partnership between police and Indigenous leaders and their shared goal of setting young people on the right path,” Mr Ryan said.

    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the new police cars were a great way to bring the community together.

    “Local Indigenous leaders play a valuable role in the community, setting a positive example for our young people,” Mr Furner said.

    “These new police cars showcase some fantastic Indigenous art, but they also show our commitment to working with the local community to create more positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Queensland Police Service.”

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said he was looking forward to seeing the vehicles on the road.

    “The design of these patrol cars will remind all of us that when we work together we can achieve great things.”

    Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor said the two vehicles would be a highly visible way of conveying a message of reconciliation.

    “Given these patrol cars will be out on the road virtually every day, it’s a way for us to publicly express our desire to strengthen our relationship with Indigenous people,” Assistant Commissioner Taylor said.

    “There’s been a lot of progress, however we know there’s also more work to be done on building respectful relationships — this is our way of showing we want to be part of a community where all cultures are valued.”

    Designed by Indigenous artist Dylan Sarra, the artworks on the police vehicles depict a way forward on reconciliation.

    “One of the artworks is called ‘Momentum’ and it represents the need to merge old ways and new ways, and for good ideas to be continually generated to help reconcile in a time of need,” Mr Sarra said.

    “The second artwork, named ‘Generations’, expresses the need for differences to be reconciled, for diversity to be embraced, and for these ideals to be passed forward to a younger generation.”

    Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group government coordinator, Inspector Glenn Doyle, hoped the initiative would further strengthen ties with the Indigenous community.

    “Since we formed the action group in late 2016, we’ve been overwhelmed by support from Indigenous leaders who want to see children in their community walk a positive path,” Inspector Doyle said.

    “It’s a partnership that’s working every day to make the community a safer place and to break the cycle of youth crime, and it’s one that we’re pleased to foster.”

    The two cars, a Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai iLoad, will be fully operational as part of police patrols in Townsville.

    ENDS

    Media Contact: Minister O’Rourke’s office 3719 7170