Caught in the weeds

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - HAY­DEN JOHN­SON

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.

AN­GEL DIXON

JON ROUSE

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