Adjournment - Superintendent Jim Keogh and Stephen Loggie

Posted On: 21 Mar 2017

In state electorates across Queensland our police officers, our school principals and teachers work hard to provide safe communities and quality education on a daily basis. I often say how proud I am to represent a community as caring and connected as Currumbin. I have done so as the local member of parliament for the past 13 years and hope to do so for many more.

Tonight I pay tribute to two individuals who have contributed significantly to the wellbeing and safety of those who live in this amazing electorate. First I speak of police officer Superintendent Jim Keogh. His imminent retirement has saddened countless people who admire and respect his brave, fearless determination to rid our Gold Coast community of criminal activity and in particular drive outlaw motorcycle criminal gangs out of the state. Jim Keogh has been a serving Queensland police officer for 37 years rising to the rank of inspector then superintendent on the Gold Coast. Jim became regional duty officer in 2000 before heading to Burleigh as a detective inspector and first waged war on bikies in 2004 when the Finks had control of Surfers. He often presided over schoolies celebrations and Indy and V8 events.

In 2010 Jim was awarded an Australian Police Medal for distinguished service and was appointed by Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing in 2013 to lead Taskforce Takeback and then the much larger Rapid Action and Patrols Group—RAP. In the first six months of Taskforce Takeback there were 791 arrests, 2,726 traffic infringement notices issued, 137 liquor infringement notices issued, 16,728 random breath tests conducted and 2,100 intelligence reports generated. Unfortunately, in what has been widely labelled a political move by Labor, Jim was transferred back to Brisbane in 2015 when RAP was absorbed back into the Gold Coast police district under the Palaszczuk government. Jim received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Exemplary Conduct Medal from Commissioner Ian Stewart earlier this month in recognition of the successful bikie crackdown.

News that popular Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School principal Stephen Loggie was heading to an international posting in coming months came as a surprise to many. Stephen has been a principal for over 23 years across nine different primary and secondary schools in rural, regional and urban locations in Queensland. He started as executive principal of Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School in 2009. He wasted no time in applying for Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School to become an Independent Public School in 2013. He formed the PBC Alliance the same year. It has formed the foundation for our students to embrace employment and training opportunities.

I feel very privileged to have worked closely with these two gentlemen for many years and I thank them for their outstanding service to our community. I would like to note also that Stephen is a progressive principal dedicated to excellence and getting the most from staff and students, helping them to realise their potential.

Welcome from Jann

As the State Member for Currumbin since 2004 we have achieved much together to make the place we call home an even better and safer community.

It truly is an honour to serve the caring and connected residents of Currumbin.

Your thoughts and concerns matter to me and I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice on your behalf.

My electorate office staff and I are here to help you with state government issues.

Kind regards

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