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29 May

How a Charleville policewoman is using bush poetry to help save lives on the road

Bush poetry and policing might not appear to have much in common but Senior Constable Juliet McGrath says putting the two together is proving an effective way to get the message out about road safety in outback Queensland.   Senior Constable McGrath enjoyed writing poetry as a teenager but says after high school she rarely put pen to paper. That changed last year after the Charleville policewoman saw two bush poets perform in Winton and found herself inspired. "I just love the old bush yarns and the feeling of being able to sit back and listen to such wonderful rhyme and storytelling," she said. "Poetry is about storytelling and you can put so much feeling and emotion into it." Since then whenever Senior Constable McGrath has an idea for a poem she jots it down as quickly as possible. "I scribble things down on little random pieces of paper if I have an idea, and sometimes it...

21 May

Driving in the Outback

'Driving in the Outback' is a crackin' country rock song and action packed film clip created for the award winning 'Stay on Track Outback' road safety project, an initiative of the Charleville Police Patrol Group. 'Driving in the Outback' was filmed on roads around Charleville with the very talented Josh Arnold, local kids and very special guest appearances by Richo the Roo and Ernie the Emu. As well as being heaps of fun the song highlights some of the important road safety messages aligned with the project such as driving to the road conditions, taking care whilst towing, sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles and watching out for wildlife, roadkill and livestock.  ...