Peter Hixon outside the Mount Morgan police station. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Peter Hixon outside the Mount Morgan police station. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

It's a long walk from the watchhouse back to Mt Morgan

IT'S A LONG way back to Mt Morgan, especially after a stay at the Rockhampton watchhouse.

Mt Morgan resident Peter Hixon has raised concerns for young people making the 38km trek back to the small town.

Mr Hixon said he's seen people walk or hitch a ride after an incident with the law lands them in Rockhampton.

"They go there to be charged, then get released and have no way to get home," he said.

Mr Hixon said that Mt Morgan was at a disadvantage, not having a police station open 24 hours a day.

The father of eight is worried it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt on their way back to Mt Morgan.

"They can't get a cab out here, and there's not always a bus running out here."

Mr Hixon said that a lot of people did not have the luxury of calling a family member or friend for a ride either.

"They are at the mercy of the road," Mr Hixon said.

Mr Hixon is looking to police to find a safer way to transport Mt Morgan residents home.

Harry Bruce cartoon about the Peter Hixon's concerns Mt Morgan people taken to Rockhampton watchhouse over night have to walk 38km home once released.
Harry Bruce cartoon about the Peter Hixon's concerns Mt Morgan people taken to Rockhampton watchhouse over night have to walk 38km home once released.

"They are there to protect and serve, not to put them in danger," he said.

But Acting Inspector Peter McFarlane said it's one of those unfortunate things.

"It's the downside of being arrested, people are taken from the community for a reason," he said.

"But when we release people from custody, especially women and kids we try to get them a lift, they can make arrangements."

Insp McFarlane said Mt Morgan did not have watchhouse facilities, and Rockhampton was the only option.



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