Constable Jemma Grant shows Yarraman toddler Harrison Canniford, 13 months, what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of a police car … Dexter Rolley, 2, from Nanango, was patiently waiting for his turn

May 28, 2019

South Burnett youngsters – and some of the region’s overworked emergency services workers – had the opportunity to relax and have fun in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park recently.

Children and their carers came from a number of kindys and daycare centres to enjoy Under 8s Day in the Park.

The day was organised by the South Burnett Under 4s network.

There were games to play, tricycles to ride, lollies and lots of fun activities, including Simultaneous Storytime, and Indigenous dancing by the Kingaroy Sista Girls.

But what made this year’s Under 8s Day extra special was the arrival of some very important local vehicles: a fire engine, ambulance and police car.

The children had the opportunity to clamber in, on and around the vehicles under the close eye of emergency services staff.

Sirens sounded and lights flashed as the children explored the vehicles.

There was also a special visit by “Axel the Ambulance”, a mini kids-size ambulance.

The Brisbane Dog Squad also brought along a police dog-in-training, Marley, for the children to pat.

The extra visitors were organised by the Kingaroy Local Ambulance Committee (LAC), in conjunction with Kingaroy Police and QFES for Triple Zero awareness.

It was an opportunity for the LAC to share some important information about the importance of CPR, what to do if a snake bites, and how and when to ring Triple 0.

Kingaroy LAC chairman John Box said the morning had been very successful.

“Special thanks to Peta Clarkson from Goodstart Early Learning for allowing us to gate crash their Under 8 party with our Triple 0 display. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and great support from the Under 8 and disability group communities,” he said.

“Thank you to Kingaroy Fires Services, Kingaroy Police Service and the Police Dog Squad from Brisbane, Kingaroy Ambulance Services and Murgon LAC with their CPR Awareness display and our fellow Kingaroy LAC members with Triple 000, Snakes Alive and ‘Axel the Ambulance’ display.

“There was some great interaction between the various emergency service groups across the morning and as always, great support from our media partners for promoting the event.”

Kingaroy Sista Girls – a team of Year 7 Indigenous dancers from Kingaroy State High School – performed for the crowd of young admirers … from left, Eva Hume, Bibi Phillips-Petersen, Mikaela Riddle and Dakota Pohlner
QAS paramedics Loren Dorge and Daniel Brownsie, left, and Mei-lin Dean, right, with Kingaroy LAC committee member Danita Potter and Kingaroy Police Officer-in-Charge Snr Sgt Dave Tierney
Charlee Shaw, 3, from Kingaroy, had the opportunity to meet police dog recruit-in-training ‘Marley’ and her handler, Senior Constable Rob Richardson, from the Brisbane Dog Squad
Constable Bethany Rogerson, from Kingaroy Police, had her speed gun trained on young runners …
… Nate Plazina, 3, clocked a “7” in his run; Nate is pictured with Kingaroy Family Daycare’s Gerry Scaife
Michael Tapau, from the Gundoo Day Care Centre in Cherbourg, was having fun exploring ‘Axel the Ambulance’
The Under 8s Day was the perfect opportunity for recent Police Academy graduates Carmel Fettes and Jessica Leech to meet the Kingaroy community … the 1st Year constables will be based at Kingaroy Police Station for the next 12 months
Kingaroy LAC members Sharon Leach and Christine Box were busy handing out treats and safety tips
One of the demonstrations in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park (Photo: John Box)

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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