News

End of the line for rail yobs?

FED-up train users on the Ipswich-Rosewood line have welcomed new legislation that will make it easier for rail staff to apprehend offenders with force.

Outrageous behaviour by thugs on the line caused Ipswich resident Debby Burns to launch a petition, which received widespread support after the QT published her story about bad behaviour on the line.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat has been a prime mover behind the new legislation, the Transport Operations Amendment Bill 2012, and said "people want to travel on public transport without the fear of being harassed".

"There was an amendment bill that went before parliament that will give our rail staff some additional powers to be able to detain people," he said.

"It will not just be on the trains. This will apply to public transport property such as the railway stations and overhead bridges.

"In the past they have had to wait until police officers arrive, so it has been difficult to hold someone because the legislation didn't give them the ability.

"This new legislation will give them the ability to intervene responsibility if there are issues and hold someone.

"This amendment bill will provide officers with powers to detain those who act inappropriately, holding them and applying reasonable force until police arrive. Possession of a weapon on a train would constitute cause to detain an individual."

Mr Choat said the changes may seem minor but would allow "flexibility to deal with offenders in the absence of police."

He said it would give the QPS rail squad, senior network officers and transit officers "the ability to make a judgement and act reasonably to protect passengers and property."

"There have been a lot of incidents and both (Councillor) David Pahlke and I have been upset about the shenanigans occurring on the Rosewood line."

Services Union secretary Kath Nelson said that Queensland Rail officers had in the past been "directed by QR not to use these powers."

Ms Burns was delighted to hear of the changes.

"I'm all for it," she said.

Cr Pahlke welcomed the new legislation, saying he hoped it gave transit officers "the power of questioning and response, the power of confiscation and the power of detention and arrest."

"If they have got all of that then it is great because our community is demanding that people be made more accountable for their actions," he said.

Topics:  sean choat




Queensland has one of hottest August nights on record

You probably didn't need any blankets last night.

Minimum temperatures across the state in double digits

'Undesirables' targeted in Ipswich CBD police blitz

Police staffing levels in the mall is high. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Almost 1000 people spoken to in four weeks

Why do more rural areas have cheaper fuel than us?

RACQ says Sunshine Coast motorists are being ripped off at the petrol pump.

Why is the fuel so cheap in some places, but so expensive here?

Latest deals and offers

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Developer announces plans for prime 1.2km beach frontage

An artist's impression of the development.

Developer announces plans for 1.2km beach frontage

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m