More police for Lowood and Rosewood Stations

Three additional officers and a new police vehicle will soon be deployed to Lowood Station. Lowood Police Station Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant James Bromley, Ipswich District Acting Inspector Darren Brown and Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald at Lowood Police Station. PHOTO: JACOB HAYDEN

EXTRA police officers will be deployed to Lowood and Rosewood stations later this year.

The Lowood community, including Somerset Regional Council and Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald, have been calling for additional police services in Lowood for more than a year.

The Queensland Police Service has advised there will be three additional officers and an additional police vehicle for the Rosewood Police Station from 2024-25.

Lowood Police Station will also welcome three more officers and an additional police vehicle in the next financial year.

The announcement was welcomed by Mr McDonald.

“This is great news,” he said.

“We did see an extra couple of police back a few years, but when all of those terrible things happened in the community we really ramped up efforts to get extra police and extra resources and it’s great to see the police service delivering these for our community at Lowood.”

In November 2022, three police cars and part of a carport at Lowood station were damaged in an alleged arson attack, causing $350,000 in damages.

Somerset Regional Council called on the State Government to reassess policing needs within Somerset after the incident.

The community has also been hit significantly by vandals in recent years, with the CWA Hall, Lions Club den, and Scout den damaged.

Ipswich District Officer Superintendent Kylie Rigg said the extra resources would support the safety of both police and community.

“We are committed to keeping the people of Ipswich safe and our officers across the District work tirelessly to protect their communities,” she said.

“These additional officers and resources will bolster these efforts, and not only help police do their jobs safely, but support them to keep the community safe.”

The Queensland Government has allocated additional resources to several locations in the Ipswich Police District, including Goodna and Ripley.

Premier Steven Miles said every Queenslander should feel safe in their homes and community.

“This is to keep residents safe, and to catch offenders,” he said.

“If there’s more police want us to do, we’ll listen.”

Mr McDonald he would continue to campaign for a new station in Lowood.

“The community if Lowood and the police who service that community deserve a new police station and we’ll continue to fight for that,” he said.