Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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NEWS

NEWS 15 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 Leading officer writes a ticket for retirement LOWOOD’S leading police officer will retire next month following almost 34 years of distinguis­hed service. Senior Sergeant Bruce Peel will hand over his badge on July 12. He was appointed as officer in charge at Lowood Station on October 13, 2018, and has made a significan­t impact to the largest country police station in the Ipswich district since his inception. Snr Sgt Peel, a bricklayer by trade, did not have any aspiration­s of becoming a police officer growing up. Former police officer and colleague Jim Mcdonald said when Snr Sgt Peel was in his mid-20s a good friend encouraged him to join the Queensland Police Service and the rest is history. After serving his first 12 months policing in Noosa, Snr Sgt Peel was posted in Brisbane for several years where he walked the beat in the Queen Street Mall alongside former policeman now Lockyer MP Mr Mcdonald who transferre­d to Gatton and advised Bruce of a vacancy at Laidley. Snr Sgt Peel then spent more than a decade at Laidley from 1991, another nine years in the Stock Squad from 2002, before moving to Ipswich as the Ipswich District Tactician for almost three years. His adage has been for police and locals to work together. “The police are only as good as the community …. I really encourage the community to work with us to make this a great place to live, work and visit,” Snr Sgt Peel said. “Be proud of your street and make it a nice place for your kids to grow up.” Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann said Snr Sgt Peel had always been supportive of council initiative­s with a proactive attitude. “He looks for practical ways to resolve problems and has worked in collaborat­ion with Council on the Local Disaster Management Group and Traffic and Safety Advisory Committee,” Cr Lehmann said. “I personally recall him referring to teamwork between agencies as a United Force, working together to achieve high standard outcomes. On behalf of Council, I wish Bruce a long and happy retirement.” Mr Mcdonald said the pride and positivity that Snr Sgt Peel brought to any workplace, team or community was infectious. “I note the success that Bruce has achieved throughout his career and even in the last few years,” he said. “Many people leading up to their retirement might just start to go through the motions or slow down, but certainly not Bruce. Mr Mcdonald said Snr Sgt Peel would be sadly missed, but knowing how motivated the officer-in-charge was, Mr Mcdonald was sure it won’t be long before Lowood’s leading officer was contributi­ng again to the community. EARLY YEARS: Senior Sergeant Bruce Peel, during his earlier days at the stock squad. Picture: Supplied LOCKYER TRAILERS YOUR SPECIALIST IN CUSTOMISED TRAILER SOLUTIONS Eyecare Plus is continuing to monitor closely all public announceme­nts regarding Coronaviru­s and Immediate on-site registrati­on HVRAS Inspection­s & Certificat­ions available at this stage, our practice remains available to you for essential services and open to serve our patients. Please check with us - your local practice Come see us before June 30th to take advantage of the Instant Asset Write Off. We have a wide range of trailers available NOW! for available appointmen­ts. FOR AN EYE EXAM Eyecare Plus Gatton 24 William Street Gatton (07) 5462 3222 § eyecareplu­s.com.au/gatton 7164365aa Yoga Classes Re-opening Bookings Essential Thought about trying yoga but feeling nervous or concerned that you are not flexible enough or won’t fit in? Our Gentle Hatha and Yin Yoga classes cater for all levels. All are welcome to our yoga classes as this is a friendly & caring space. Take some time out for yourself today! Casual classes and membership­s available. Laidley Anglican Church Hall Tue&fri9am Wed 1.30pm Yoga Classes – Stretch/meditation Classes – Lockyer Trailers also offers their customers the opportunit­y to create custom styled trailers in almost any size, shape and configurat­ion. Whether it’s for motorsport, vehicle or livestock transport, events, merchandis­ing, club or sporting activities, our range of trailers are of the highest quality constructi­on. For further details, design and costing please contact Derek today. Online Only Mon8am Yin Yoga – Laidley RSL (Starting 1 July) Wed 6pm Hatha Yoga – $10 a class - First class is free. Own mat required On behalf of Lockyer Trailers, a massive thanks to the Gatton Star for its incredible contributi­ons to our community over the last 60+ years. The Star Team have been just amazing, so best wishes in your future endeavours. Thank you from Derek and Chris DEREK PINGEL | dp@lel.net.au | www.lockyertra­ilers.com.au Shed 2/5 Industrial Road, Gatton E: W: P: 0408 716 062 A: For more informatio­n or to book phone/txt Kelly on or 0439 730 986 email info@balancewit­hkel.com www.balancewit­hkel.com Call for an appointmen­t | Available 7 days a week V1 - TGSE01Z01M­A

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