Caught in the weeds
A SENIOR council officer who allegedly ordered staff to weed her home garden is under investigation by the state’s corruption watchdog.
The senior staffer from Ipswich City Council is also accused of swapping 40 trees from the council’s nursery for a cross-trainer.
A BRISBANE detective has been recognised as Queenslander of the Year for his tireless work protecting children around the globe from child abuse.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, 55, heads Task Force Argos which targets online exploitation, and has been credited with h helping to save e countless children from horrific abuse during his s 34-year career.
The battle- field has s changed signifi- cantly since Inspector Rouse started at the e task force in 2001, when dialup modems were still current, and sexual predators had begun using the internet to meet and lure young victims.
The squad has made incredible inroads into catching pedophiles, both in Australia and overseas, in part through taking over dark web forums and impersonating pedophiles in order to unmask and catch the real ones sharing content. Inspector Rouse is also involved in a crackdown on the increasing number of Queenslanders who pay to watch the sexual abuse of children in the Philippines th through livest streaming channels. Inspector Rouse was awarded the honour at a ceremony at the Brisb bane Convention a and Exhibition C Centre last night. In a video from C Copenhagen, where he is on business, he said it was “an overwhelming honour” to be nominated. “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to dedicate the majority of my 34 years in policing to child protection.” Others honoured include Gold Coast model and advo- cate Angel Dixon, 28, who received the 2019 Young Queenslander of the Year Award for her work in disability inclusion.
Ms Dixon was the first agency-signed model with a physical impairment to feature in a national television campaign. Queensland’s Senior Australian is scientist James Dale AO, 68, of Moggill, who was acknowledged for his work in agricultural biotechnology.
Professor Dale genetically engineered bananas with extra vitamin A to address deficiencies in children in developing countries.
Criminologist and former refugee Elijah Buol, 33, of Regents Park in the Logan region, won the Local Hero award, for being an advocate for young and disadvantaged people, and for his work within the African community.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the “remarkable individuals” on their achievements.