Police Keep Watch on Bridge Jumping

15 Jul 2008 12:57 PMJann Stuckey

15 July 2008

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has finally received a response from the Police Minister to a petition tabled in Parliament on April 15 in relation to the need for laws or provisions to combat the jumping from Gold Coast bridges into its waterways.

“The petition called on the Government to provide relevant means to enforce the safe use of waterways and to urgently consider the safety of individuals using the channels for their correct and intended purposes,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In her response, the Minister stated that the Palm Beach Police Station has conducted a review into the dangerous practice of people jumping from local bridges into the water below.

“The Minister advised that police may utilise the provisions of the ‘Move on’ powers under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, in instances where people are reported for jumping off bridges.

“Elanora Neighbourhood Police Beat are also reportedly working with local school students educating them with safety awareness programs covering a range of ‘at risk’ behaviours.

“It is clear the Minister believes that sufficient policing actions are being undertaken and is not prepared to give them more powers.

“Member of the public are still heavily relied upon to report any ‘at risk’ behaviours to police,” Ms Stuckey said.