The Weekend Post : 2019-01-12

News : 7 : 07


NEWS 07 CAIRNSPOST.COM.AU SATURDAY JANUARY 12 2019 DAVID ANTHONY COUNCIL POSTING COP CRACKDOWN BEACH CELEBRATION New man takes on Cassowary exec job Police warned over unlawful data access Greeks get together for annual tradition THE Cassowary Coast Regional Council has assigned a temporary executive manager to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of Bill Davis (right) late last year. Ross Higgins started on Monday and will be in the role for the next three months. Mr Higgins was contracted through the Local Government Association of Queensland, and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council from 2013 until 2016. Council CEO James Gott said COMMISSIONER Ian Stewart has issued a stern warning to Queensland Police Service officers to stop accessing information amid a disciplinary crackdown. In a memo, Mr Stewart (right) told officers they risked damaging their careers or the reputation of the service through “unlawful and inappropriate access to information”. As part of changes to the disciplinary system, the police service will start publishing de-identified disciplinary outcomes in the Queensland Police Bulletin which MEMBERS of the Cassowary Coast’s Greek community will come together for a special celebration at Kurrimine Beach tomorrow for the annual Throwing of the Cross. The tradition, which is also known as the Blessing of the Waters, marks the epiphany or baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, which is one of the most sacred days of the year on the Greek Orthodox Church calendar. It is widely celebrated around the world on January 6 but President of the Innisfail Greek Community John Kotzas said they Mr Higgins had enjoyed a long and meritorious career in state and local government over 40 years. “We are delighted to welcome Mr Higgins to the organisation and thank him for his assistance,” Mr Gott said. A spokeswoman said the position would be advertised in the coming weeks. Mr Davis, who was contracted for four years in 2017, resigned in December after he was allegedly caught skinny dipping in the Bulgun Creek reservoir with a woman believed to be his personal assistant. Mr Stewart says is to “proactively encourage organisational and individual behavioural change”. The warning memo, issued on New Year’s Eve, came just days before an officer faced court over computer hacking allegations yesterday. “I have issued a clear directive to all members regarding access to information on QPS computer systems,” Mr Stewart wrote. “Unfortunately, unlawful and inappropriate access to information systems remains a significant issue for the QPS.” celebrate the event later so a priest could come from Brisbane. “Because we don’t have a resident priest here, we get one up from Brisbane, so we are holding it a week later,” he said. “In the past it’s not too bad because it’s only a few days, this is the longest it’s been delayed.” Mr Kotzas said the event was a longstanding tradition in the Cassowary Coast region. The event will begin at 11am at the swimming enclosure at Kurrimine Beach and everyone is invited to come along. FITZROY ISLAND HOT LOCALS RATES Visit Fitzroy Island, just 45 minutes from Cairns, with 40% off Day Trips and 15% off Accommodation! DAY TRIPS • Save 40% on return transfers from Cairns • $49 per Adult – normally $79 • $25 per Child – normally $39.50 Save up to 40% STAY THE NIGHT • Resort Studio from $120 per night for 2 guests • Island Suite from $155 per night for 2 guests • Save 40% on transfers *online bookings only BOOK NOW Guests must book online to receive discount. Visit C| uo bvѴ-m7 1olņѴo1-Ѵv T&C’s apply. Must show Cairns Drivers License V1 - CCPE01Z01MA formidable young girl HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to celebrate the lives of Juanita Bendel and Ava Cole at Atherton yesterday. The mother and her 10year-old daughter, who were electrocuted in a tragic accident at Tumoulin on New Year’s Eve, were farewelled together at the Mountain View Chapel at Guilfoyle’s Tablelands Crematorium. In a eulogy written by Juanita’s parents Ray and Rosanne Bendel, the family thanked all those who had shown them love and support since the tragic deaths of their daughter and young grandchild. “Juanita was generous, loving and would do anything for anyone,” the Bendels wrote. “She will always be remembered as a treasured daughter, sister, partner and mother and a trusting and loyal friend to all.” Juanita was born in Innisfail in 1979 and grew up on the family farm at East Palmerston. The family grew bananas and bred Brahman cattle. She attended East Palmerston State School and, in 1992, Innisfail State High School. In her senior year, Juanita met Mitch Cole. Mitch’s family ran the Wallace Vale Droughtmaster Stud at Tully. They shared a passion for beef cattle and one day 23 years ago, Mitch telephoned for Juanita at her home, somewhat surprising her father Ray when he answered. “Juanita considered the day of that phone call to be their

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