Show­girl fi­nal­ists show the right stuff

Cop fac­ing claim of ly­ing to pro­tect col­league

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - DANAELLA WIVELL danaella.wivell@news.com.au AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

COM­PET­ING to be­come Cairns Miss Show Girl means more than just go­ing to the Cairns Show and wear­ing rhine­stone cow­boy boots for Ge­or­gia Hunter and Rachael Davis.

The two fi­nal­ists will go head-to-head this Fri­day to see who will be named this year’s Miss Show Girl.

Ms Davis said it was her first show­girl com­pe­ti­tion and she was hop­ing to use the po­si­tion to ben­e­fit the city.

“I’ve found as I’ve pro­gressed through the stages that it’s a re­ally fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ad­vo­cate for Cairns,” she said.

Com­peti­tor Ms Hunter said she also had vi­sions for ru­ral ad­vo­cacy.

“I’m study­ing earth sci­ence at JCU and my goal in life is to pre­serve soil and wa­ter qual­ity,” she said.

“It’ll be good to use this plat­form to speak with farm­ers about their soil and their views on preser­va­tion.

“When you’re at this part of the com­pe­ti­tion you can meet these peo­ple and talk about their ideas.”

Ms Hunter and Ms Davis will both com­pete for the honour this Fri­day at the Cairns Show­grounds.

Spec­ta­tors can at­tend the event and en­joy an even­ing of fash­ion, canapés and the crown­ing of the 2018 Miss Show Girl Cairns. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line from try­book­ing.com DIS­CI­PLINARY ac­tion against a Cairns po­lice­man who was found not guilty in court last Septem­ber of as­sault­ing a Bri­tish back­packer is ex­pected to be fi­nalised by mid-2018.

Af­ter a jury cleared him of us­ing ex­cess force in the ar­rest of English­man Leigh Baker, 24, in April 2016, Matt McKin­nar, 42, had ex­pressed a de­sire to re­turn to work.

But Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ian Ste­wart said Con­sta­ble McKin­nar would be sub­ject to dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings, which have a “lower level of proof” than a crim­i­nal court.

Sen-Con­sta­ble Bret Chad­wick is also ex­pected to be sub­ject to dis­ci­plinary ac­tion af­ter it emerged in court he had lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors to try and pro­tect Con­sta­ble McKin­nar.

A Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice spokesman said a de­ci­sion on the sta­tus of the of­fi­cer’s em­ploy­ment was yet to be made.

“Both mat­ters re­main sub­ject of the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice dis­ci­plinary process,” he said.

“It is an­tic­i­pated these mat­ters may be fi­nalised by mid-2018.”

Pic­ture: BRENDAN RADKE

POS­I­TIVE VI­SIONS: Friends Ge­or­gia Hunter and Rachael Davis are both com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of Miss Show Girl Cairns 2018.

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